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Brandon Webb wants to be the last boy in the bar

Dec 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

Brandon Webb

Resolved: the closer it gets to last call, the more attractive that guy at the end of the bar appears to be (or that girl, depending on your predilections).  Brandon Webb and his wonky shoulder are apparently counting on that:

According to a baseball source, Washington continues to be in the mix to acquire right-hander Brandon Webb. The source said Webb is not in a hurry to make a decision.

Chien Ming-Wang just got a $1 million contract with $5 million in potential incentives. And of course last year Ben Sheets got $8 million.  Sheets waited until the end of January to sign. The longer Webb waits, the better he will look to pitching-desperate teams.

But even if there isn’t a sucker as big as the A’s were for Sheets last year, I’d say there is less clarity about how to weigh — contractually speaking — the risk of signing injured pitchers than there is about anything else out there.  Webb can probably use that to his advantage.

  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Usually the last boy is the most wasted.

  2. dominatetheworld - Dec 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Philly should just pony up 3 million(half of what he made in his last healthy season) plus add a couple incentives in there and sign him as their 5th man in the rotation. If his arm falls off oh well plug someone else in there. The upside is worth it. Imagine a team with all former aces in their rotation and a 5th starter that had previously won 22 games and a cy young. Webb in a full season has never had higher then a 3.50’s era and had a couple of seasons with a sub 3 and low 3’s eras, so even if he is not able to throw as hard he should still be able to manage around a 4 era which would be great for a 5th starter and the upside is he miraculously returns ro old form and has a stellar year with no pressure on him as a 5th man in one of the best 5 man rotations ever. He would have all of those guys to help him ease back into it as well and critique his mechanics and advise him since he has been out for a little while now. Seems like a win win to me no pressure on Webb and Philly could pick him up for cheap, let him back into the game and the upside is pretty good if it works out. They probably won’t mess with him but if i was the gm i would, at least for 1 year.

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