The Cardinals resigned starting pitcher Jake Westbrook yesterday to a 2 year, $16.5 million dollar contract. He also gets a full no-trade clause in the deal.
Westbrook pitched well for the Cardinals in 2010, after being a trade deadline acquisition from the Cleveland Indians. Westbrook put up a 3.48 ERA in 75 innings for the Cardinals. He will be part of a deep rotation that features Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainright and Jaime Garcia.
The Marlins are also close to a free agent deal with catcher John Buck, on a three year, $18 million dollar pact. This would be the Marlins biggest signing since Carlos Delgado in 2005.
Buck had a breakout 2010 campaign, hitting .281 with 20 HR's. He spent most of his career with the Royals, and was part of the Carlos Beltran trade back in 2004.
Kevin Says: Westbrook is a good signing, The Cardinals have a really solid rotation, easily the best in the NL Central. Westbrook is a good innings eater in the back-end of the rotation. The price tag is a bit high, and it is unusual to see a player like him get a full no trade clause, but a 2 year commitment won't hurt them.
I like John Buck, but he really has only had one great year. He doesn't walk a lot, and in his days in Kansas City, he really struggled throwing out runners. Prior to last year, his career high in average was .247. Could be a bit of a gamble for the thrifty Fish.