Lukewarm Stove: No Jake Westbrook for the Cubs, Re-signs with Cardinals

Among the middle-tier starting pitcher options for the Chicago Cubs this Winter, one of the least likely signees was Jake Westbrook. Traded mid-season from the Indians to the Cardinals, Westbook pitched very well under the tutilage of Dave Duncan (who doesn’t? I could throw 18 consecutive damn no-hitters if Duncan touched my shoulder), and all signs were pointing in the direction of a re-signing.

And now he has. Westbrook re-upped today with the Cards for two years and $18.5 million – a price tag that almost certainly would have taken him out of the Cubs’ range anyway. Westbrook, 33, was 10-11 overall last year with a 4.22 ERA. The deal comes with a mutual option for 2013.

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11 responses to “Lukewarm Stove: No Jake Westbrook for the Cubs, Re-signs with Cardinals”

  1. Serio

    Ace

    I hear the Red Soc are willing to trade Marco Scutaro….What about for Fukudome and put Marco at 2b

  2. Raymond Robert Koenig

    Orlano Hudson for 2nd base. Great defense. Switch-hitter. Possible lead-off man.

  3. Raymond Robert Koenig

    MLBTR projection for Hudson. 1 year. 5 million.

  4. Bric

    Just throwing this one out there but how about Carlos Silva and Brandon Guyer for Matt Capps. Silva dominated in Minnesota and if the Cubs pick up abot four mil of his contract they’re actually saving 7 mil to be used for Wood. Capps is going to be relegated to a setup role anyway when Nathan comes back and the Cubs would be adding the two veteran righties they need in the pen. It might even open the door for moving Marmol in the A.Gon trade. Thoughts?