Westbrook, Cards agree on two-year deal

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.