Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Crasnick: Webb drawing interest
By Jason A. Churchill
Several National League East teams have an interest in Brandon Webb and are keeping tabs on the 2006 NL Cy Young winner, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, first via Twitter. The Phillies, Nationals, Mets and Marlins are among the clubs monitoring Webb's progress during his ongoing quest to return from shoulder problems.
"Webb, 33, logged a 56-23 record and made three straight All-Star teams with Arizona from 2006 through 2008, but hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 because of arm problems. He is working out near his home in Phoenix and is expected to hold an open audition for clubs sometime in the next few weeks.
"Despite Webb's injury history, some clubs regard him as a potential low-risk, high-reward addition if he can get back on the mound consistently. The Rockies are among the other teams reported to be interested in Webb."
Webb may get the best opportunity with the Mets, Rockies and Marlins, since the Phillies and Nationals each have full rotations and would have to suffer an injury for Webb to crack the starting five.