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. For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage, check out Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos. News and notes from around Major League Baseball can be found at Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish.