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The Cardinals may not re-sign Jake Westbrook

Nov 11, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

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A lot of hot stove handicappers were assuming that the Cardinals would re-sign free agent Jake Westbrook this offseason because apparently Dave Duncan liked him, Westbrook responded well enough to the change in scenery and it’s not hard to see him pitching well in St. Louis over the next couple of years.  That thinking may no longer be operative, according to Ken Rosenthal, who reports that the Cardinals’ talks with Westbrook “seem to have lost momentum.”

Apparently the sticking point is that Westbrook wants more than a two-year deal, and the Cards are less-inclined to give him one. Given that, after Cliff Lee, the free agent pitching market isn’t any great shakes, it seems likely that Westbrook could get a three-year deal — which is kind of the going contract length for a middlin’-to-above-average starter these days — elsewhere.  Milwaukee would probably jump at him, as would a lot of other teams looking to solidify the staff.

As for the Cardinals, their fourth starter’s position may very well continue to be a revolving door.

  1. BC - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    I don’t understand this at all.
    Offer him two years with a mutual option for a third.

    • umrguy42 - Nov 11, 2010 at 10:56 AM

      Exactly. Good grief, nail down the 4th starter role!

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

        I’m guessing he wants a guaranteed third year, with no chance for the team to be able to turn it down.

        Pirates, Brewers, Nationals, go get him.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    The cards never fail to amaze me. Keep LaRussa. Give Holliday the moon.Sell a good pitcher short? Maybe the poo has migrated north to their cerebral area?

    • docktorellis - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

      I absolutely understand this, though I don’t necessarily agree with it. The Cards have an incredible amount of trust in Duncan’s ability to fill up the 4 and 5 spots with scrap-heap pitchers who can be molded into GB-inducing machines. It’s been the strategy for years, and, to be fair, it has rarely backfired. The front office sees paying Duncan as a way of saving money (and contractual time commitments) on paying the actual 4 and 5 pitchers. The strategy could pay off, of course, if the Cards can make the playoffs, when a dominant 1-3 can win a series. That assumes, however, that LaRussa hasn’t already overmanaged the team out of contention (or made Glenn Beck a bench coach), a hefty assumption to make.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 11, 2010 at 12:55 PM

        Ha!! I think the problem with LaRussa is. Plainly and simply. He’s a dick, and he doesn’t get the most out of his team anymore. He is the quintessential “poopy pants”. To be honest they should do better than what they’ve done. I don’t know the guy of course so this is totally observation on my part, and i could be wrong. I wish a cards fan would tell me what they think…

  3. mvd513 - Nov 12, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    Westbrook isnt enough of a whiny bitch.
    But really? Milwaukee? wouldnt that just be Randy Wolf 2? Dont they need a little more upside?

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