Apparently Brandon Webb likes red, white and blue, because a source tells MLB.com's Bill Ladson that the Cubs and Rangers are the front-runners for former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. The Nationals also fit the patriotic bill, but they apparently have fallen back in the running for the former Diamondback.
The Nationals have been clear about wanting a top-shelf pitcher, but might be focusing on Carl Pavano. Washington also is looking for a first baseman, and is thought to be in the market for Derrek Lee. After the Jayson Werth signing, there's going to be only so much the Nats can do financially.
-- David Andriesen