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  1. Jake Westbrook is retiring

    Feb 14, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Jake Westbrook was pulled from the Cardinals’ rotation down the stretch and had his $9.75 million option for 2014 declined, and now the 36-year-old right-hander is retiring after 13 seasons in the majors. Westbrook broke the news to local reporter Rob Rains, saying: “The interest that I was getting wasn’t significant enough for me to…

  2. Indians and Justin Masterson will discuss a multi-year contract extension before arbitration

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson

    Indians starter Justin Masterson will file for salary arbitration on Tuesday in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. Paul Hoynes of The Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians and Masterson will discuss a multi-year extension in the days leading up to the official filing of arbitration figures. Masterson, who turns 29 years old in…

  3. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  4. Cardinals prepared to trade young starting pitching this winter for a shortstop upgrade

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is not being shy about his primary offseason strategy: Mozeliak made it clear to us this morning that he’d like to trade a young “starting pitcher”: for a “young controllable shortstop” XM 89 — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 10, 2013 There are a couple of shortstop options on the free agent…

  5. Cardinals could trade Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller this offseason for a new shortstop

    Nov 3, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates on a possible offseason trade: With Carlos Martinez meriting a look-see as a starter — and [Trevor] Rosenthal wanting the same — it’s increasingly likely that general manager John Mozeliak shops Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller to simultaneously create an opening while addressing a core need at…

  6. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  7. Cardinals decline Jake Westbrook’s option for 2014

    Oct 31, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Jake Westbrook completely fell out of the Cardinals’ plans by getting hurt and pitching terribly, and not surprisingly the team declined his $9.5 million option. He’ll get a $1 million buyout instead, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Westbrook made $9.75 million this season while throwing 117 innings with a 4.63…

  8. Cardinals will be back … and often

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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    It’s going to be a somber plane ride back to St. Louis for the Cardinals following Wednesday night’s World Series ouster at Fenway Park, but these birds will be playing on big stages for years and years to come. There may not be a team in baseball that is better-poised for an extended run of…

  9. Cardinals grab top seed in National League playoffs

    Sep 29, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

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    One of the few things still undetermined at the start of play Sunday has now been … determined. Despite a lineup that was without Matt Holliday and an oddly-timed substitution of Tony Cruz for Yadier Molina just before first pitch, the Cardinals rolled to a 4-0 victory over the Cubs in Sunday’s regular-season finale at Busch…

  10. Scott Diamond beats White Sox, pulls off an interesting feat

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Scott Diamond defeated the White Sox on Wednesday without recording a single strikeout in 6 1/3 innings. And that’s fairly unusual, if hardly unique. He’s the sixth starter this year to win a game without striking out a batter, joining Jeff Locke, Jeremy Guthrie, Jake Westbrook, Kyle Lohse and Joe Kelly. What is far more…

  11. Jake Westbrook off DL, but not back in Cardinals rotation

    Sep 6, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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    St. Louis activated Jake Westbrook from the disabled list, but the Cardinals are not moving him back into the rotation. Or at least not yet. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are still trying to figure out a role for Westbrook, who was shut down with a back injury…

  12. Cardinals place struggling Jake Westbrook on disabled list with back injury

    Aug 23, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    I wondered yesterday how much longer the Cardinals could stick with Jake Westbrook in the rotation and it turns out they’re not. However, rather than simply demoting Westbrook to the bullpen the Cardinals announced that he has a back injury and is headed to the disabled list. Obviously that seems like convenient timing and a…

  13. How much longer can Cardinals stick with Jake Westbrook?

    Aug 22, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    St. Louis’ offense bailed him out yesterday, but Jake Westbrook turned in another poor outing by failing to make it out of the fifth inning against Milwaukee. Westbrook now has a 5.97 ERA in 13 games since returning from a disabled list stint for elbow problems, including allowing 26 runs in 21 innings this month.…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 4, Rays 2: Chris Davis homers again. Number 46 on the year. He’s four short of the all-time Orioles record. He tied Rafael Palmiero for the most home homers in Orioles history with 25. Tommy Hunter got the save, as it does appear that Buck Showalter is gonna go with the hot hand now.…

  15. Shelby Miller leaves game after taking liner off elbow

    Aug 7, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Cardinals star rookie Shelby Miller was removed in the first inning of his start Wednesday night against the Dodgers after taking a line drive off his throwing elbow from Dodgers leadoff man Carl Crawford. It was just the second pitch of the evening. Miller grabbed his right elbow and hunched over on the front of…

  16. Jake Westbrook will rejoin the Cardinals’ rotation Friday

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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    After a pair of impressive minor-league rehab starts Jake Westbrook will come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals’ rotation Friday against the Marlins, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Westbrook has been out since mid-May with elbow inflammation, but had a 1.62 ERA in six starts for the Cardinals…

  17. Jake Westbrook expected to rejoin Cardinals this week

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    Out since May 12 with elbow inflammation, Jake Westbrook tossed seven innings of one-run ball yesterday at Single-A and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that it’ll likely be his final minor-league rehab start. Westbrook struck out five, walked zero, and threw 76 total pitches, with Goold writing that the veteran right-hander…

  18. Jake Westbrook begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    Jun 5, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Jake Westbrook made his first rehab start last night, tossing 3.2 innings at Double-A as he comes back from elbow inflammation. Westbrook allowed one run on six hits, striking out five and walking zero. He threw 60 total pitches and afterward told Chad Thornburg of MLB.com that he “felt pretty good.” Westbrook indicated that he…

  19. Cardinals calling up top prospect Michael Wacha

    May 28, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Making official what was expected, the Cardinals announced that they will call up top prospect Michael Wacha to start Thursday against the Royals. Wacha was the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft out of Texas A&M and has been incredibly good in the minors with a 1.71 ERA and 74/19 K/BB ratio in 74…

  20. Jake Westbrook to pay a visit Dr. Andrews

    May 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Poor Dr. Andrews. No one ever wants to visit him. And everyone who does is sad. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook will be going to see the good doctor later today. Westbrook has had lingering discomfort in his right elbow. Hummel notes that he’s fine just playing…

  21. Cardinals may be calling up 2012 first-rounder Michael Wacha

    May 26, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals have lost Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook and John Gast in the past few weeks to arm injuries, and they’re having to take drastic measures to fill all of those rotation openings. This next move might be the most drastic of all. According to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, right-hander Michael Wacha — the 18th overall…

  22. Chris Carpenter felt discomfort in latest throwing session

    May 25, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder, felt soreness after his latest throwing session, reports Jenifer Langosch. Langosch clarifies that Carpenter didn’t feel pain, so the Cardinals won’t shut him down. Rather, they will have him long toss and throw bullpen sessions instead of facing live batters. Carpenter only…

  23. John Gast exits early with shoulder injury

    May 25, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Cardinals starter John Gast exited today’s start against the Dodgers after recording just three outs. Gast walked Scott Van Slyke on five pitches to lead off the second inning before being taken out of the game with shoulder tightness, tweets Jenifer Langosch. This was the third start of the 24-year-old’s young career. He had allowed…

  24. Jake Westbrook feeling lingering discomfort in right elbow

    May 22, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals learned today that Jaime Garcia needs what will likely be season-ending shoulder surgery. And now another starter is in trouble. According to MLB.com beat writer Jenifer Langosch, sinkerballer Jake Westbrook was unable to make it beyond 20 pitches in a bullpen session this evening because of lingering discomfort in his right elbow. He…

  25. Cardinals place Jaime Garcia on the 15-day DL

    May 18, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia had two uncharacteristically bad starts against the Rockies and Brewers recently, surrendering five and six runs, respectively. Garcia dealt with shoulder issues last year and they may be to blame for his recent adversity as well. The Cardinals have placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain,…

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