Westbrook should be paying the Cardinals for the privilege for playing in front of the Best Fans in Baseball!
The St. Louis Cardinals solidified their rotation for next season by agreeing to a one-year contract with Jake Westbrook that includes a mutual option for 2014.
Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia also are expected to be back next year, but Chris Carpenter is coming off surgery to relieve nerve compression in his shoulder and Kyle Lohse is eligible for free agency.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday there have been no talks to date with Lohse, who is 12-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 25 starts this season.
“I don’t want to guess on what conversations may look like or may happen, but the key thing for me today is knowing that the Jake Westbrook deal is done,” Mozeliak said. “In terms of future negotiations or talks, we’ll obviously be open to that but right now we’re just happy we got this one done.”
The 34-year-old Westbrook is 12-9 with a 3.50 ERA in 24 starts this season, leaving him three shy of 100 career victories. The sinkerballer leads the National League with 22 double plays induced and is also the best in the league at getting ground balls at 73 percent.