Jake Westbrook underwent surgery on non-throwing shoulder

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that free agent-to-be Jake Westbrook underwent surgery “to repair a small tear” in his left, non-throwing shoulder shortly after the regular season ended.
According to Goold the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews within the past 10 days and came after Westbrook pitched through the injury for much of the season, including going 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 starts following a trade to the Cardinals on July 31.
Westbrook will officially become a free agent after the World Series and the surgery shouldn’t have a big impact on his status for 2011. He previously expressed interest in re-signing with the Cardinals and general manager John Mozeliak seemed open to the idea as well. St. Louis will have five days to negotiate exclusively with Westbrook after he hits the open market, although the Cardinals are also free to work something out with him in the meantime.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.