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Cardinals Get Westbrook, Send Ludwick To Padres

The Cardinals have landed pitcher Jake Westbrook in a three-team trade that will also send outfielder Ryan Ludwick to the Padres.

"I'm excited to go to a club that's contending for a playoff spot and pitch in some meaningful ballgames," Westbrook said. "That's why you play the game, to get a chance to play in the playoffs and I look forward to doing that."

St. Louis gets Westbrook from Cleveland, who received Double-A pitcher Corey Kluber from San Diego.

The Cardinals also acquired left-hander Nick Greenwood from San Diego.


Cardinals Targeting Jake Westbrook

The Cardinals are targeting Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook, according to sources.

Until recently, St. Louis had been focusing on a list of starters that included Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Aaron Cook and Livan Hernandez.

With Haren and Oswalt gone, they are looking in a different direction.


Cardinals Pursuit Of Tejada Has 'No Traction'

A report surfaced Wednesday that the Cardinals were interested in Miguel Tejada, and while the Cardinals contacted the Orioles about the veteran, a source said there was "no traction" for a deal.

The Cardinals have had interest in Tejada before and see him as a player that can play multiple spots in the infield.

Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

La Russa Ignores Speculation He'll Manage Cubs

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa refused to comment Friday on speculation that he may be a candidate to replace Lou Piniella, who is retiring as manager of the Cubs at the end of the season.

"[I just] ignore it," La Russa said. "Ignore it."

La Russa did open up slightly when asked about the pressures associated with managing the Cubs.

"I wouldn't even answer that question because I don't believe what you're asking is true," La Russa said. "There's nothing about Chicago that's harder than St. Louis.

"You got a job in the big leagues, there are 30 of them. They're all demanding and there isn't one that's tougher than the other."


Oswalt Prefers Trade To Cardinals

A day after the Cardinals were rumored to be the front-runner to land Astros starter Roy Oswalt, sources claim the right-hander would prefer a trade to St. Louis.

The Phillies are also in the running for Oswalt.


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