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Jake Westbrook is going to be expensive

Jul 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

Yesterday I mused that I’ve heard less chatter about Jake Westbrook than most other available starting pitchers. Seems there’s a good reason why. Take it away Ken Rosenthal:

Westbrook will receive a $2 million bonus if traded, and his salary
would increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million, according to a copy
of his contract obtained by FOXSports.com.

Thus, if Westbrook is traded on July 31, he would be owed nearly $6
million — approximately $2.3 million in trade bonuses and the remaining
portion of his $11 million salary, which would be approximately $3.6
million.

Yikes.  That’s the same amount Roy Oswalt will cost in 2010. If you’re really in a race this year, it may be less than 100% nuts to trade for Oswalt and hope you can unload him again in the offseason. Sure, that’s a giant risk, but you can be pretty sure you’re going to get a lot better production out of Oswalt in 2010 than Westbrook, right?

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