Cardinals Sign Pitcher Jake Westbrook To Contract Extension

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals and starting pitcher Jake Westbrook have agreed to a one-year contract extension with a mutual option for 2014. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Jake continues to be a steady and sturdy part of our pitching staff, and we are pleased to announce his extension," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "His veteran presence is important to the makeup of our team. Jake has demonstrated his leadership with his commitment and hard work, resulting in both a terrific 2012 season and career."

The 34-year-old Westbrook is 12-9 on the year, with a 3.50 ERA in 24 starts. He leads the National League with a 73.3 ground-ball percentage and 22 double plays.

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