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  1. Might as well. You could’ve probably tacked on another 7-8 million if he had gone through arb.

    Comment by TartanElk — July 13, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

  2. Pretty sure Garcia is eligible for arbitration after this season, so the contract covers 3 arb years and the first year of free agency with options for the 2nd and 3rd year free agent eligible

    Comment by Rob — July 13, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

  3. Seems like a good deal. One thing not mentioned yet: Garcia already had Tommy John suregery.

    Comment by Klaus — July 13, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

  4. You are correct it’s 3 arb years and 1 FA year (and then the 2 options)

    I read somewhere (MLBtrade rumors maybe?) that his first arbitrartion award may have been impacted a bit by his TJ surgery/recovery in 09, so that might also explain a bit of the lower value. The 2nd option probably should have led to him getting a bit more guaranteed money.

    Comment by Hank — July 13, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

  5. Good point!

    Comment by JohnnyComeLately — July 13, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

  6. Jack –

    I’ve been wondering about Jordan Zimmermann and whether he should be in line for a similar deal to the Cahill – Buchholz -Gallardo – Romero – Davis group, now joined by Garcia. At this point, his innings total is around 230 for his career, which is less than the first group had by about 100 innings at the time of their extensions, and about 60 less than Garcia. Nevertheless, he is likely to be a Super 2 at the end of the year. I’m not saying he’s a better pitcher than most of this excellent group, but if he finishes the year before signing an extension, is he likely to get a less team-advantageous / bigger total dollars contract than these other pitchers?

    Comment by JCA — July 13, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

  7. Indeed. Typical shoddy research on fangraphs by a featured writer.

    Comment by Felonius_Monk — July 13, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

  8. No. Garcia wouldn’t have been arbitration eligible until after next season. The contract doesn’t begin until next season and takes him through his 6th season. The option years are for his first 2 free agent seasons.

    Comment by chuckb — July 13, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

  9. Would he not be super 2? Or was he not called up in time.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — July 13, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  10. @chuckb
    Garcia accrued ML service time because he was on the 60 day DL in 2009. This is his third year of Service time so he would go into arbitration.
    /hates to correct VEB legends

    Comment by CodyG — July 14, 2011 @ 12:46 am

  11. I’m surprised they didn’t research this a little better. Garcia was eligible for arb after this (2011) season.

    This contact buys out his first free agent season and possible second and third.

    The deal is more closely resembling of Adam wainwrights then it is gallardo’s

    Comment by Jeffrey lage — July 14, 2011 @ 3:45 am

  12. Yeah, I love me some fangraphs, but this one is bad fellas. Honestly, it’s bad enough it should probably be pulled down.

    That said, it’s an honest mistake. I’m a huge Cards fan and it took me a second to realize it was a mistake what everyone was reporting about not buying out a year of FA due to the TJ year.

    Comment by Vision — July 14, 2011 @ 10:43 am

  13. “I’m surprised they didn’t research this a little better.”

    You have read this site in the last 18 months, right?

    Comment by Felonius_Monk — July 14, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  14. This is great. They’re going to get JG for less money than they paid for Kyle Lohse (unless I’m mistaken).

    IMHO, Garcia is very under-rated based on the amount of positive attention he receives. He has good control, strikes out enough batters, and suppresses HR by inducing a ton of grounders.

    It’s mainly because of JG and Westbrook that I wondered why StL was so excited to get rid of the best defensive SS in the NL. Ryan has been worth 1.2 more WAR than Theriot, but we all knew that was going to happen.

    The major concern with JG was prior injury.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — July 14, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

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