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Cards, Indians, Padres three-way nears completion

Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:31 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 12:53 pm

Locked in a battle with Cincinnati in the NL Central, the Cardinals are on the verge of a deal to fortify their rotation with right-hander Jake Westbrook from Cleveland, but there's a twist:

San Diego is engaged with those two clubs and has become part of an expanded trade that will send Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick to the Padres, Westbrook to the Cardinals and Double-A pitcher Corey Kluber from San Diego to Cleveland, multiple sources have told

The deal is very near completion, according to sources, and the Indians scratched Westbrook from his scheduled Saturday start against Toronto 40 minutes before game-time.

Among other things, the deal would have to approved by league officials and the players' union. That step is necessary because there is a significant amount of money involved: Westbrook is due roughly $3.2 million of his $11 million 2010 deal, plus clauses in his contract call for him to receive a $2 million bonus if traded plus the last year of his contract also is prorated by $1 million if he's dealt.

Westbrook is in the final season of a three-year, $33 million deal.

A veteran right-hander who missed most of 2008 and 2009 following Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, Westbrook bounced back to make the opening day start for Cleveland in 2010 and has gone 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA over 21 starts.

The Cardinals have been searching for a starter because things have been in flux in the rotation after aces Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. Rookie Jaime Garcia has been sensational, but there is concern over his workload. Kyle Lohse has been out for much of the season due to a forearm injury. And Brad Penny has battled various nagging injuries.

Lohse already has made an injury-rehabilitation start and is due back within a few weeks.

"There is a better expectation [that he'll be good]," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa told reporters recently. "He's feeling really normal, and he says he likes the way he's responding."

The surprising Padres have been searching for an outfielder who will help add pop to a sluggish offense and Ludwick would help on several fronts. He's hitting .281 with 11 homers and 43 RBI for the Cardinals this year, and his defense is very underrated. In that department, he would fit perfectly into a Padres team that is strong with the gloves and whose pitching staff leads the majors in ERA.


Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:37 pm

Cards, Indians, Padres three-way nears completion

westbrook is good. pitching in cleve su cks !  he will do well in national league and could put stl over the top in division !

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:41 pm

Cards, Indians, Padres three-way nears completion

Not sure how the cards made out in this one.  I don't worry about the sub .500 record with cleveland but his ERA is a bit chubby.  Maybe the switch to the NL will help.

Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:56 pm

Cards, Indians, Padres three-way nears completion

They got Westbrook and cold hard cash from the Indians....I don't know how much. He is just a bullpen add

Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:13 pm

Cards, Indians, Padres three-way nears completion

Ludwick is a good pickup for the Pads

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:09 pm

Westbrook to fortify rotation?

A sub .500 pitcher with a 4+ E.R.A. for his career, hmmmmmm!  Westbrook will give a team innings, what else? The Cardinals needed a pitcher, I get it, but I wouldn't get to excited about Jake Westbrook. Yawn!

Since: Jul 19, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:05 pm

Cards, Indians, Padres three-way nears completion

Still for a sluggish offense they get the job done when they need .... more times than not, which speaks volumes

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