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.