Thursday, July 8, 2010

Would some team take Jake?

Is Jake Westbrook tradeable? He didn't help his cause much Thursday night, giving up three home runs in six innings in a 5-2 loss to the Rays. Westbrook is now 5-5 with a 4.75 ERA. Those aren't exactly numbers that will have GM Mark Shapiro's cell phone ringing endlessly with calls from other GM's.

And ironically, that might work in the Indians' favor. If the Indians get no decent trade offers for Westbrook - and by decent I mean a mid-level prospect, at best _ they may just keep him and try to re-sign him after the season.

The Indians don't have a good record of re-signing their own free agents. But given that Westbrook is in the final year of a three-year $33 million contract for which he has produced a record of 6-7, and given that Westbrook is one of the most high-character guys on the team, I could see him re-signing with the Indians, even at a reduced salary, feeling like he owes him something more than 6 wins in exchange for $33 million. Remember, he missed one full season on the contract due to elbow surgery.

It will be interesting to see how the Westbrook situation plays out.


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