Jake Westbrook is signed with the St. Louis Cardinals through the 2012 season, but there is a mutual option on his contract for 2013, and according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Westbrook plans to exercise his half of the option.
Westbrook's salary for next season would be a rather reasonable $8.5 million, and the Cardinals would owe him a $1 million buyout if they declined their half of the option. Westbrook has been fantastic this year, putting up a 3.61 ERA and 1.28 WHIP that are both nearly career highs.
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