2016 Offseason Wishlist: St. Louis Cardinals

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Re-sign/pick up Jaime Garcia‘s option, let another team overpay John Lackey

Both left-hander Jaime Garcia and righty John Lackey were impressive in 2015, but it is likely only one comes back in 2016 as both are free agents this offseason. On Garcia’s side, he has undeniable talent, but he has a long and troubling injury history. Lackey, on the other hand, is coming off a career-best 2.77 ERA and was the only rotation member to crack 200 innings this year, but he is already 37 and will undeniably want a raise from the $507,500 vet minimum he made in 2015. There is no doubt that Lackey carried the rotation this year, but he will command a high salary going into 2016, and the Cardinals would be wise to let someone else (I’m looking at you, Cubs) overpay for Lackey’s services going into the future. Meanwhile, Garcia is only 30 and if he does get injured again the Cardinals have competent backups waiting in Tim Cooney, Tyler Lyons, and Marco Gonzales, whereas if Lackey falls off the Cardinals would be stuck with him down the road.

 

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