Joe Strauss is reporting that the Cardinals have reached a two-year deal with free agent pitcher Jake Westbrook, with a mutual option for 2013. This move will fly under the radar today with the news of Dan Uggla being traded to the Braves and Roy Halladay winning the NL Cy Young Award, but this was the right move to make. You can never have enough starting pitching, especially with the unknown the Cardinals are facing in 2011 with Kyle Lohse. On top of Lohse, you always have to worry about Chris Carpenter, the sophomore slump potential from Jaime Garcia, and the unanswered question of why Adam Wainwright was shut down at the end of 2010. Apparently Wainwright would have pitched if the Cards made the playoffs, but as fans we’ve been given a lot of BS injury reports in the past.
Westbrook is a groundball specialist, and should benefit from continuing to work with Dave Duncan. I really like this move, and feel more comfortable with the Cardinals heading into spring training with 5 starters ready to go. I know Kyle McClellan is an option if injury takes someone down, and this will give Adam Ottavino and Lance Lynn more time to sharpen their skills in Memphis.
Westbrook was 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 starts for the Cardinals in 2010.