Over the weekend, it was announced that Jaime Garcia would miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to Thoracic Outlet surgery; Garcia was placed on the 15-day DL June 22 due to shoulder discomfort.
Cardinal fans are familiar with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome; the surgery, which involves removing a rib, was the same one performed on Chris Carpenter in 2012 and essentially ended his career.
Garcia might not be completely done, but there is little hope for the team to get more out of him in the next few years. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was quoted as saying "he's a hard guy to count on" according to Derrick Goold. The lefty is under contract with the Cardinals until 2015, with club options for 2016 and 2016; the team owes him a total of $10.25M guaranteed and up to $32.75M if they were to pick up the options.
The Cardinals have already paid Garcia $17.25M (including a $500,000 signing bonus) since they extended him in 2011. For that, the team has received the following:
- The Cardinals have paid Garcia $1.15M per win since 2012; he earned $464,000 per win in 2012, $714,000 in 2013, and $2,583,000 in 2014.
- He's earned $479,000 per start in that time; $27,000 per start in 2011, $104,000 in 2013, and $1,107,000 in 2014.
- The lefty has made $78,000 per inning pitched; that breaks down to $27,000 per inning in 2012, $104,000 in 2013, and $179,000 in 2014.
- Garcia received $96,000 per strikeout during his current deal; $33,000 for each K in 2012, $134,000 in 2013, and $199,000 in 2014.
- For each batter he faced, Garcia has made $19,000; he was paid $6,000 per batter in 2012, $25,000 in 2013, and $44,000 in 2014.
This deal really hasn't been that great for the team, and it will only get worse if Garcia can't pitch again. It'll be at least a year before that is known though, so Cardinal fans can continue to hang their heads as the pitching continues to falter and Garcia continues to get paid.