Cardinals reiterate their desire to re-sign Jake Westbrook


Yesterday’s news that Jake Westbrook recently underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder hasn’t changed the Cardinals’ interest in re-signing the free agent-to-be.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch general manager John Mozeliak “did reaffirm the team’s plan to pursue Westbrook this offseason for the team’s vacancy in the rotation.” Westbrook has repeatedly said that he’d be open to remaining in St. Louis after posting a 3.48 ERA in 12 starts following a midseason trade to the Cardinals.
Westbrook just completed a three-year, $33 million deal signed with the Indians in 2007, logging 203 innings after missing most of 2008 and all of 2009 with an elbow injury that required surgery. At age 33 and with his injury history Westbrook is unlikely to approach those lofty salaries on the open market, but he should have little trouble securing a multi-year deal in a weak offseason for free agent starting pitching.

Estrada in Game 3, Dickey in Game 4 for Blue Jays

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It’s already been established that the Blue Jays would throw deadline acquisition David Price in Game 1 of their ALDS matchup against the Rangers and fast-rising right-hander Marcus Stroman in Game 2.

Now we know how they’ll fill out the rest of their rotation for the best-of-five round …

John Lott of the National Post notes that R.A. Dickey threw a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, which lines him up for a potential ALDS Game 4 next Monday in Texas. Marco Estrada will take Game 3 on Sunday night in Arlington.

Mark Buehrle retired after his final regular-season start, so he’s obviously out of the mix.

Toronto is the World Series favorite to many as the postseason gets underway.

Yasiel Puig might be more of a bench guy in the NLDS

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Yasiel Puig appeared in just 79 games during the regular season and missed all of September with a right hamstring strain. He returned on October 3 and appeared in the Dodgers’ final two regular-season games, but that doesn’t mean he is anywhere close to 100 percent heading into the NLDS.

Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles says the Dodgers are unlikely to start Puig over Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford against right-handers in the best-of-five Division Series. And the Mets are scheduled to throw three righties in the first three games: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey. The only left-hander in the Mets’ postseason rotation is Steven Matz, and he is somewhat questionable with a back injury.

Would it make sense to leave Puig off the NLDS roster entirely? If he does aggravate the hamstring injury, which seems possible even in a limited role, that would put him out of the mix for the NLCS.

They could send Puig to Arizona and have him face live pitching for the next 8-10 days.

But that’s just a suggestion. It doesn’t sound like it’s actually a consideration.