ST. LOUIS -- Everybody's saying the right things. Now it's a matter of working out a deal. Jake Westbrook would love to be back in St. Louis. The Cardinals would love to have him back. Whether that adds up to a 2011 contract will be determined in the coming weeks.
Westbrook has repeatedly expressed a willingness to come back to St. Louis after being traded to the Cardinals on July 31. He reiterated that feeling after his 7 2/3 shutout innings on Friday night. On Saturday morning, manager Tony La Russa said that as far as he's concerned, it's mutual.
"I think most of us agree, we need a legitimate starter for the rotation, and he's legitimate," La Russa said. "The market's going to dictate a lot, but I've read his comments, and I think he's enjoyed his teammates."
The Cardinals have a history of re-signing players for whom they trade at midseason.
"It's worked over and over," La Russa said. "People hear that it's a good place to play, and they end up seeing it for themselves."