By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
The Indians are close to sending right-hander Jake Westbrook to the Cardinals.
Westbrook was scheduled to make the 1:07 p.m. ET start for the Tribe against the Blue Jays on Saturday, but a late scratch appeared likely.
Details on what the Indians would get back for Westbrook or how much of his remaining contract the club would have to give to the Cardinals were unclear. But it appeared possible that a third team might be involved in the deal.
Money is a major factor in this deal, as Westbrook is still owed nearly $4 million this season, plus a reported $2 million bonus, if traded.
Westbrook is 6-7 with a 4.65 ERA in 21 starts this season. He made his return from 2008 Tommy John elbow surgery on Opening Day. He is 69-71 with a 4.34 ERA in 221 career appearances, including 181 starts. All but three of his career appearances have been with the Indians, who acquired him from the Yankees in 2000.
UPDATE: Confirmed to be a three-team deal. Multiple reports claim Ryan Ludwick is headed from the Cardinals to the Padres as part of the trade.
UPDATE No. 2: This deal is confirmed. The Indians are receiving Double-A right-hander Corey Kluber from the Padres. Also sending cash to the Cards. More to come on MLB.com and Indians.com soon.
UPDATE No. 3: Outfielder Jordan Brown has been called up from Columbus to take Westbrook’s roster spot. Josh Tomlin making today’s start on three days’ rest.
UPDATE No. 4: The Padres also sent Class A lefty Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals. The Indians’ official release says the Tribe sent cash to the Cards. No word on any money coming back to the Tribe. Assistant GM Chris Antonetti to talk to reporters soon.
UPDATE No. 5: Jeanmar Gomez is expected to come up to make Sunday’s start. He’ll also be on short rest.