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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.

  • Serio

    Ace

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

    • Ace

      Not bad, but I think the Cubs are prepared to let Blake DeWitt be the everyday second baseman (with Jeff Baker playing against lefties from time to time if he’s still on the club).

      • art

        guess Quade figures it worked for him last 2 months, why wouldn’t it work again. i’d rather play one of the kids. i truly believe if you’re rebuilding, than go with young talented kids. the old way with old past their prime, bad D guys, proven bench fill ins doesn’t/hasn’t worked.

        • Ace

          I’m with you, but unfortunately waiting for the talent to develop doesn’t put asses in the seats. The average fan wants to see the Cubs be competitive every year (particularly with a $140 million payroll), so I could see the Cubs wanting to make sure they add pieces this year to say they tried to field a competitive team – even if it isn’t the most prudent long-term strategy.

          • Raymond Robert Koenig

            I agree. I think we can all agree that with this team’s payroll and resources, the fact that it’s not competetive every year is unacceptable. How Hendry still has his job makes no sense to me.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

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

    • Ace

      Unless the Cubs dump a player or two, they won’t have the money for Hudson (which, I know, is shitty).

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    MLBTR projection for Hudson. 1 year. 5 million.

    • Ace

      Even if that ends up being the case, after arbitration raises, $5 million might be just shy of what the Cubs have to spend this winter – and that’s without yet having a first baseman. Like I said, it sucks, but it seems to be the case.

  • 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?

    • Ace

      I love it (and I rarely say that about hypothetical trade proposals). The Twins are reportedly reluctant to even tender Capps (but everyone agrees that they will tender him), so dealing him makes sense. The money part makes sense for both teams, and the Twins get Guyer for their trouble. Really great idea.

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