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Monday, July 07, 2014

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Jaime Garcia: “I’m frustrated … you try to be patient with people”

Mozeliak added. “In terms of where we were yesterday to where we are today, it does seem rather dramatic and quick. Obviously he internalized this and decided to make a decision. If this is something he feels is his only option, then obviously he has to do it. It still doesn’t excuse the fact that he could have notified us a little bit more. … From a medical staff, we felt like there were some other options he could consider before taking this step. Obviously, again, he chose to go down this path.”

Garcia is making $7.75 million this season, owed $9.25 million next season, and carries club options for 2016 ($11.5 million) and 2017 ($12 million). He may have already thrown his last pitch in a St. Louis uniform.


Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 07, 2014 at 04:07 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CraigK Posted: July 07, 2014 at 12:20 PM (#4745214)
At the time of the signing of his extension he was a 24-year-old with coming off a 143 ERA+ and a 104 ERA+ season. Since then, 220 IP and a 97 ERA+; good when healthy, but he hasn't thrown 100 innings combined in the 2013 and 14 seasons. :(
   2. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 07, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4745348)
From original story Silva is interpreting.

The consensus has been that Jaime Garcia’s trip to the disabled list stemmed from issues with his surgically repaired left shoulder, but the dejected left-hander admitted Saturday he is dealing with nerve issues and was strongly considering surgery.

That was news to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, who after learning of Garcia’s comments, held an impromptu session with reporters shortly before first pitch to announce that the lefty would meet with Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis on Monday as a precursor to season-ending surgery.

“I sound frustrated, look frustrated. I’m frustrated,” Mozeliak said. “You try to be patient with people, and I think this organization does an amazing job protecting players. Certainly we would have loved to have heard from him

If only someone could invent a device that would bridge great distances so Mozeliak could talk to his players where-ever they were, just by entering a number their device has been assigned?

If only injured players just did whatever the self interested GMs training staff ordered them to do so the team could get a few more starts out of them before their shoulders implode.
   3. The District Attorney Posted: July 07, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4745526)
I'm sure that Moz, if pressed on the issue, would backtrack to the position that it's Garcia's decision and he just wants to be told what's going on. But it'd be very easy (and arguably not even a misinterpretation) for Garcia to interpret him as second-guessing the decision itself.

Basically, not much to be gained by having this conversation through the press, I think.
   4. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 07, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4745580)
Basically, not much to be gained by having this conversation through the press, I think

In Moz's defense, it sounds like he had just heard of this first time and couldn't stop from venting.

In my defense, I hate when teams treat players as assets and not people, and so I'm biased to interpret Moz's comments as more of that crap. Esp. given it's a player who has disappointed since getting a big contract.

My guess is that they will talk, and he will accept the decision or Garcia will do some additional trainer recommended rehab options before it, and all will be happy again.
   5. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 07, 2014 at 06:46 PM (#4745613)
I would imagine not too many people would react well to having $17 mil tied up in a guy and having to hear second hand that he's getting surgery.

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