Right-hander Jake Westbrook and the St. Louis Cardinals came to terms on a two-year worth $16.5 million dollars Tuesday. The contract also includes an $8.5 million option for 2013.
The Cards sure up the back end of their rotation as Westbrook becomes the first starter to sign with a team this free agent period.
In 12 starts with St. Louis, Westbrook went 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA. He came over on July 31st as part of a three-team deal that sent OF Ryan Ludwick to San Diego. The 2004 AL All-Star was particularly strong in September, compiling a 3-1 mark and a 2.92 ERA. He returns to a rotation led by Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia, who finished third in the NL’s Rookie of the Year voting.