Brandon Webb’s search for a new home has been one of the more interesting sagas of the 2010 offseason. Just how well Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner, will pitch in his return to the mound is not known. The right-hander hasn’t pitched since opening day in 2009, as he’s suffered through injuries to his throwing shoulder ever since.
Well, despite the lack of knowledge of anything about Webb’s status, three teams appear willing to engage in a bidding war for the former Arizona Diamondbacks hurler.
As of now the Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers are all showing lots of interest in Webb. None of those three teams has ever been shy about throwing money at anyone, even if they might be risks. I mean, have you heard of Milton Bradley? Jason Werth? Milton Bradley?
The Pittsburgh Pirates were also showing interest in Webb, but with the signing of Scott Olsen on Monday, they appear to be out of the mix.
Webb is a three-time All-Star, led the NL in wins in 2006 and 2008 and innings pitched in 2007. His career record is 87-62 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Clearly the guy’s track record is phenomenal. But will he ever be that guy again? That’s what teams have to weigh when offering him a contract.
The thing is, with three teams so clearly interested, you know Webb’s agent is going to pitch for some kind of multi-year pact with good money involved. The Rangers, Cubs and Nats could all use another starter, and again Webb was a dominant pitcher when healthy.
For what it’s worth, the man who performed Webb’s shoulder surgery is Dr. Keith Meister, who happens to be the Rangers’ team doctor. Meister has reported that Webb should have no issues moving forward. Again, take that for what it’s worth, but if the Rangers trust the guy they might feel better about throwing some extra cash at Webb to secure the deal.