Jake Westbrook ... dealt to Cardinals
Everybody pretty much knew that Jake Westbrook and his big salary were going to be dealt by the Indians. The speculation was to which team. Cleveland dealt the popular right-hander to the St. Louis Cardinals a few hours before the trading deadline. As part of a three-team deal that included San Diego, the Indians got 24-year-old right-hander Corey Kluber from the Padres.
Hear Jake Westbrook about the trade:
Listen to Audio
Westbrook is the third veteran traded by Cleveland in three days. Third baseman Jhonny Peralta went to the Detroit Tigers for Class A left-hander Giovanni Soto on Thursday. Outfielder Austin Kearns was sent to the New York Yankees on Friday night for a player to be named.
First baseman-outfielder Jordan Brown was called up from Triple-A Columbus to take Westbrook's roster spot. Kluber will be assigned to Double-A Akron.
Former Indians outfielder Ryan Ludwick went to San Diego from St. Louis and the Cardinals got minor-league pitcher Nick Greenwood from the Padres.
Kluber has spent the entire season at Double-A San Antonio, going 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA. In 122 2-3 innings, he gave up 121 hits, 40 walks and struck out 136.
He currently leads the Texas League in strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings (9.98) and is second in innings pitched.
Over his last four starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA.
Check out video on Kluber from our good friends at MadFriars.com:
The Padres drafted the 6-4, 215-pounder in the fourth round in 2007 out of Stetson University (FL).
In 2009 between Class A Lake Elsinore and San Antonio, he went a combined 9-13 with a 4.56 ERA, striking out 159 in 154 innings.
Westbrook went 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA in 21 starts this year with the Indians after missing the entire 2009 season and most of 2008 due to right elbow surgery. The 2004 American League All-Star had a record of 69-69 with a 4.29 ERA in 218 games including 179 starts with the Indians after being acquired from the Yankees on June 29, 2000.
Hear Indians assistant general manager Chris Antonetti on the trade:
Listen to Audio