Twins interested in Brandon Webb


According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, the Twins will be among the teams to watch right-hander Brandon Webb workout next month.

Webb won the National League CY Young award in 2006, a season in which he owned a 3.10 ERA and finished 16-8 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Webb hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since 2009 due to multiple shoulder injuries.

It is certainly no surprise that the Twins will be present for his workout, as there is history with Terry Ryan taking chances on players with with either former success or those that are often-injured, particularly pitchers. Here’s a few examples: Livan Hernandez, Sidney Ponson, Joel Zumaya.

None of those guys were former CY Young winners. Webb’s CY Young winning season wasn’t a fluke.

The three time All Star pitched at least 200 innings between 2004-2008, good for at least 30 starts.

It is important to note Webb finished runner-up for the CY Young in both 2007 and 2008 as well. If Webb can show he’s healthy, it should be expected the Twins will be in the mix to sign Webb.

Seeing that he hasn’t pitched in so long, it should be easy to sign him to a low-based contract. There’s no need to be incredibly upset if he doesn’t do well, especially for a team that is more and more likely looking to build for 2014 and beyond.

 

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