Jake Westbrook SP STL 10 Months
Jake Westbrook has announced his retirement from baseball.
Westbrook, 36, made the decision after failing to draw much interest over the winter. "The interest that I was getting wasn't significant enough for me to go through the grind of another year and be away from my family," Westbrook said. "I was kind of 50-50 on whether I wanted to play anyway. I'm good with the decision." The sinkerballer finishes his career with a 105-103 record and 4.32 ERA across parts of 13 seasons. He'll now be able to spend more time with his wife and four children.
Jake Westbrook SP STL 11 Months
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have "no interest" in Jake Westbrook.
Hoynes reported in October that the Tribe could be interested in a reunion with the right-hander, but apparently that ship has sailed. Westbrook has generated zero buzz on the market this winter after the Cardinals declined his $9.5 million option for 2014. The sinkerballer posted a 4.63 ERA and ugly 44/50 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings this season but still seems likely to crack someone's Opening Day rotation in 2014.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Aug 11 '79
Cardinals declined RHP Jake Westbrook's $9.5 million mutual option for 2014.
Westbrook will receive a $1 million buyout and hit free agency. It was an easy call for the Cardinals after the veteran right-hander posted a 4.63 ERA and 44/50 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings this season while dealing with multiple injuries. The 36-year-old indicated in September that he was thinking about retirement.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Aug 07 '79
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes that the Indians could be interested in a reunion with Jake Westbrook.
Westbrook, who spent nine years from 2001-2010 with the Indians, hasn't yet decided whether he'll retire or attempt to pitch again in 2014. He's coming off a disappointing season in which he registered a 4.63 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 44/50 K/BB ratio over 116 2/3 innings. The Cardinals are expected to decline their $9.5 million mutual option on the 36-year-old right-hander.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Jul 12 '79
Jake Westbrook indicated Sunday that he was unsure if he'll return in 2014 or retire.
"Whatever happens, who knows?" he said. Westbrook said earlier this season that he planned to continue his career, but the 36-year-old's struggles with performance and health apparently have him re-thinking things. He and the Cardinals have a $9.5 million mutual option for 2014, but the Cards will decline it.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Jul 09 '79
Jake Westbrook will start for the Cardinals in Sunday's regular season finale against the Cubs.
It's a nice gesture by the Cardinals to recognize the contributions that the veteran right-hander has made to the team over the years. Sunday's previously scheduled starter, Joe Kelly, will work in relief after Westbrook.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Jun 17 '79
Cardinals activated RHP Jake Westbrook from the 15-day disabled list.
Westbrook missed the minimum 15 days with a lower back strain. He's expected to be used in a long relief role for now, but it's possible he could be an option to replace the struggling Lance Lynn.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Jun 11 '79
Jake Westbrook (back) threw a bullpen session Friday.
Westbrook hasn't had any issues with his lower back strain and hopes to be activated when first eligible. He'll likely be used in long relief when he returns.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Jun 03 '79
Cardinals placed RHP Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, with a lower back strain.
It's probably a phantom injury, as Westbrook was poised to lose his rotation spot, anyway. He'll likely be used in long relief when he returns next month. Carlos Martinez has been recalled to take Westbrook's roster spot and will also likely assume his spot in the rotation.
Jake Westbrook SP STL Jun 03 '79
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said during an interview on CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis Friday that he expects Jake Westbrook (back) to go on the disabled list.
It's debatable whether or not Westbrook is really injured, but either way the Cards are going to need a starter on Monday. Mozeliak said that Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Tyler Lyons are all options but a decision had not yet been made. It's worth noting that Wacha appeared in relief Thursday, so he'd be going on three days' rest Monday. Martinez is currently scheduled to start Friday at Triple-A Memphis, so if he ends up getting scratched he will likely be the choice to take Westbrook's spot.