Cardinals exercise $11.5 million option on Garcia, decline $9 million option on Broxton

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ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals have exercised their $11.5 million option on left-hander Jaime Garcia and declined their $9 million mutual option on right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton, who gets a $2 million buyout.

St. Louis also said Monday that infielder Pete Kozma and catchers Ed Easley and Travis Tartamella have been assigned outright to Triple-A Memphis.

The 29-year-old Garcia was 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 20 starts following thoracic outlet surgery, including 7-2 from Aug. 8 on before losing to the Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series. He is 52-32 with a 3.31 ERA in 126 regular-season games.

Broxton, 31, was 3-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 26 games after he was acquired from Milwaukee at the trade deadline. He becomes eligible for free agency.

The 27-year-old Kozma, a former first-round draft pick, played in 76 games last season. Easley, 29 and Tartamella, 27, both made their major league debuts.

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