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Tribe Signs Westbrook

2003/12/16

ESPN.com is reporting that the Indians have signed Jake Westbrook to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Terms of the deal have not yet been reported. The deal was presaged by comments Eric Wedge made to the Beacon Journal indicating that Westbrook was in the running for the fourth or fifth starter job.

The 26-year-old righthander pitched a career-high 133 innings last year while surrendering only 9 HR in those 133 IP and holding hitters to a .394 slugging percentage. Westbrook posted career lows in K/9IP (3.93) and K/BB (1.04) however, boding ill for his chances at long-term success.

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