Cardinals sign Garcia to 4-year deal

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals solidified their rotation for the future, signing left-hander Jaime Garcia to a four-year contract extension Wednesday with club options for a fifth and sixth season.

The 25-year-old Garcia leads the Cardinals in victories at the All-Star break, going 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA. He was due to be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.

Garcia was third in National League rookie of the year balloting last year after he went 13-8. His 2.70 ERA was the lowest by a Cardinals left-hander since John Tudor had a 2.40 ERA in 1990.