Westbrook, Cards agree on two-year deal

By Aaron Kirn
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook throws to the Houston Astros in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 2, 2010.   UPI/BIll Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

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.

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