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Jake Westbrook, Cardinals agree to contract extension

Aug 21, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Jake Westbrook

Jake Westbrook‘s contract included an $8.5 million mutual option for next season, which gave him the ability to potentially become a free agent.

Instead the 34-year-old right-hander and the Cardinals have agreed to a deal new deal that turns the $8.5 million mutual option into a guaranteed salary for 2013 and tacks on a new mutual option for 2014.

Westbrook was acquired from the Indians in mid-2010 and then stuck around via two-year, $16.5 million deal that offseason, throwing a total of 413 innings with a 4.01 ERA for St. Louis.

By locking up Westbrook for next season and perhaps 2014 the Cardinals have seemingly decreased their odds of bringing back impending free agent Kyle Lohse, who’s had the two best seasons of his career at age 32 and 33 with a huge payday right around the corner.

Westbrook has been more of a third or fourth starter for the Cardinals, while Lohse has a 3.03 ERA in 55 starts since the beginning of last season, but obviously the size of the commitment is significantly smaller in Westbrook’s case.

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  2. okwhitefalcon - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    With Wainwright’s possible extension looming large and some kids on the verge this is surely the end of Lohse, a Boras client who’s surely going to command top $$ on the open market.

    Lohse is a California native, would be a great fit in LA with either local club.

  3. baseballisboring - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Good deal for the Cards. I’d be wary of giving Lohse too much money. He’s almost as old as Westbrook and I’m not sure he’s a lot better.

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Personally I would have preferred Lohse over Westbrook out of the two, neither are bad, it’s just Lohse is the more reliable

      • canoyoulie - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

        Lohse may be more reliable in your opinion, and if he is, he’s certainly not THAT much more reliable to warrant the much bigger contract over Westbrook’s that he will be gunning for in the off-season. The guy will be 34 at the end of this season, and a Boras client … not worth the extra money in my humble opinion.

      • ajcardsfan - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        Yeah, I gotta agree with your logic there. I was also looking over lifetime stats and it looks like they’re almost equal on every line, except Westbrook had less IP, so maybe it was smarter for the Cardinals to go with the cheaper less worn option.

      • okwhitefalcon - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        Lohse is probably gonna get a deal north of $40 million, and good for him.

        With the Westbrook extension, the Cards are gonna have about $90 million wrapped up in like 8 players and healthy raises due Motte, Freese, Craig, Jay and a few others – Lohse has basically pitched his way out of the budget.

        There’s no telling if Carpenter will be back but the Cards do have young options, those we’ve seen in Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal and those we haven’t (yet) like Shelby Miller.

        Miller by the way been lights out since the break, 50K’s and 1 – that’s right, 1 walk over his last 42 innings…

  4. stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    I agree with most everyone in that this likely spells the end of Kyle Lohse in a Cardinals uniform.
    With the monies people are due to receive…signing Lohse would have been very difficult.

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