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Done Deal: Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals, Ryan Ludwick to the Padres

Jul 31, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

The Cardinals, Indians and Padres make a big deal. But does this really help St. Louis?

A three-way deal has gone down between the Indians, the Cardinals and the Padres.  The breakdown:

  • The Indians send starter Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals;
  • The Cardinals send outfielder Ryan Ludwick to the Padres;
  • The Padres send prospects to the Cardinals and the Indians.  We’re not yet sure if this is all of them, but the Indians are getting AA pitcher Corey Kluber and the Cardinals are getting A-ball pitcher Nick Greenwood.

This
deal makes total sense for the Indians and Padres.  Cleveland unloads an expensive pitcher in exchange for young talent and the Padres get a much-needed bat (Ludwick is hitting .281/.343.484).  This addresses needs both clubs have.

It remains a bit of a head-scratcher for St. Louis. Yes, Westbrook — 6-7, 4.65 ERA, 1.154 WHIP — gives them a far more solid number four starter than they’ve had, so that’s good.  But still: this is a Cardinals offense that has been inconsistent all year and likely can’t afford to lose much pop.  I suppose it gives John Jay and everyday job, but the Cardinals are taking a bit of a roll of the dice on him.

The prospect heading to Cleveland — Corey Kluber — is a 24 year-old right-handed starter in AA. He strikes out more than a man per inning and seems to have pretty decent control.  He may be a find.  The fellow going to St. Louis — Nick Greenwood — is a 23 year-old lefty swingman, currently in his second go-around in high-A ball. Nice control, but nothing pops out at you.

Good deal for San Diego and Cleveland. The Cardinals? Well, they needed one bat and a starter before today. Now they need two bats.  Your mileage may vary as to whether that’s an improvement.

  1. Paper Lions - Jul 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Good for Ludwick. LaRussa has screwed with his playing time ever since he came up with them. When healthy, he was clearly their best option in RF, but LaRussa sat him regularly so he could play a lesser player that bats left handed….the same thing he now does with Rasmus all the time.

  2. The Rabbit - Jul 31, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Agree with you completely. I live in the Ozarks and this is Cardinal territory. We were impressed that Ludwick did as well as he did last season given that he got the “LaRussa” treatment.
    I subscribe to the belief that managers get too much credit when they win and unless they are totally clueless, too much blame for a losing team. If I had Pujols, Holliday, respectable position players, 3 good-to-great starters, and a closer, my kitten (coincidentally named Ozzie Guillen) could manage the team and win a boatload of games.

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