Westbrook Intends To Exercise Option After Season

Cardinals righty Jake Westbrook "fully intends on exercising his half of mutual option for '13" after the season, tweets Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but the pitcher has no idea what the Cardinals will do.  Westbrook's contract, signed in November of 2010, includes an $8.5MM mutual option for 2013 with a $1MM buyout if the club declines and no buyout if the player declines.

Given Westbrook's solid 2012 performance, this could be one of the rare mutual options where both sides are exercised.  The 34-year-old owns a 3.61 ERA, 5.8 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 0.57 HR/9, and 57.7% groundball rate in 127 innings this year.

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15 Comments on "Westbrook Intends To Exercise Option After Season"

3 years 1 month ago

I like Jake Westbrook but I don’t see the Cardinals exercising the option.

Kelly/Rosenthal/Miller/ or (hopefully) Lohse

Not really anywhere to put him.

3 years 1 month ago

Agree the same regarding Westy. I like that starting 4 a lot. For the 5th spot, there should be a nice little competition in spring between Kelly/Rosenthal/Miller assuming Lohse is not brought back. If Lohse is indeed brought back, Kelly and Rosenthal could compete for a bullpen job and Shelby would likely get another crack at AAA unless he totally dominates in the spring

3 years 1 month ago

Always liked Kelly, hope they give him a chance to start next season as well.

3 years 1 month ago

I’m surprised by this. Seems like Jake could get a multi-year deal if he hit free agency. At the very least he should be able to find a one year deal for $8.5M, so he wouldn’t really have anything to lose by declining the option.

3 years 1 month ago

If he declines his end of it, the Cardinals can also decline and he gets nothing. However, if he picks up his end, he’ll get $1 million if the Cardinals decline (plus a new contract somewhere most likely), and $8.5 million if they don’t. Either way, gets at least an extra $1 million by doing this.

3 years 1 month ago

Everything I have read says Carp will be ready to go by ST. Garcia is likely back in 2-3 weeks. I think they will both be contributing. Garcia being more of a sure thing.

3 years 1 month ago

Lets assume Garcia will be fine by ST.

1 Waino
2 Lynn
3 Garcia
4 I’m thinking we’d rather have Lohse
5 Kelly/Rosenthal

Carp could take the place of Kelly or Rosenthal if he’s ok. No room for Westy in this scenario. However if it is clear Garcia AND Carp won’t be ready by ST, then I can see it exercised.

3 years 1 month ago

Agreed about Kelly. He’s been quite impressive with his mid 90’s heat, poise, and ability to get ground balls. I’m expecting Lohse to sign back with us for 2/28 or 3/40.

3 years 1 month ago

That 2014 lineup and rotation excites me and seems likely to happen. Though no Matt Adams, so I assume we traded him in your scenario. Personally I believe that Taveras will be able to stick in center for a few years. Which would make my 2014 line up look like:

Ryan Jackson

Sadly that would move Jay’s Gold Glove D to the bench or another team, but that is a true power house line up if the players pan out.

3 years 1 month ago

I’m sure they both will make debuts in ’13. It will be an exciting time for Cardinal fans.

3 years 1 month ago

I’d rather see Craig at 1B, Jay in CF and Tavares in RF. Adams traded away.

3 years 1 month ago

That’s a good looking lineup. The rotation should be really good too. I like what the future is looking like

3 years 1 month ago

Reason? Our defense would improve greatly by your scenario, though when you have a chance to put 25 homers I’m your line up you generally do it.

3 years 1 month ago

1st: Matt Adams isn’t a guarantee, and when you already have a fantastic 1B in Allen Craig, get the value out of Adams when he is at his highest, which would be now. Also, I’m all about defense > home runs.

3 years 1 month ago

Fair enough… I’d honestly be happy either way as long as we get a good piece for this and next year for Adams.