Tag:Brandon Webb
Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Cashman says no room for Damon

The Yankees did indeed talk with Johnny Damon, as reported Wednesday, but general manager Brian Cashman said it was just a part of the team's vetting of all free agents and there's not really a place for Damon to return to the Bronx.

"It's something we do with every free agent," Cashman said in a radio interview. "I can't tell you if anything's going to happen there. There's not a clear role for him here.''

The Yankees are set with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield, and Jorge Posada is getting ready to transition to designated hitter, so it doesn't seem there would be much playing time for Damon, who still sees himself as an everyday player.

"I'm trying to get a utility infielder, I'm trying to get a right-handed hitting outfielder, I'm trying to get a starter and I'm trying to get a reliever,'' said Cashman, who also shot down rumors he was pursuing Freddy Garcia and Brandon Webb. "I'm working on things, but they have to make sense for us.''

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: December 22, 2010 2:26 pm
 

'Mystery' NL Central team in on Webb

Brandon Webb We have a "mystery team" sighting!

The most active team this offseason is at it again, and this time with Brandon Webb.

Except, this time it's "an unidentified NL Central team," tweets ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets it's not the Reds, and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says it's not the Brewers .

That leaves the Cardinals, Astros and Pirates, because the Cubs, we knew, were already interested, along with the Rangers and Nationals.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:26 pm
 

Yankees to keep Chamberlain in the bullpen

Joba Chamberlain The Yankees "paid a price" for waiting on Cliff Lee, general manager Brian Cashman told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger , as the team is still looking for a starter (or two) to round out its rotation.

"There's not much available, to be quite honest," Cashman said.

The Yankees have requested the medical records of Freddy Garcia. The team apparently isn't interested in Brandon Webb, but Cashman wouldn't comment either way.

"Bottom line is there is a price to pay for waiting for Cliff Lee," Cashman said. "Now, part of that price is definitely going to be loss of previous opportunities that [existed]. At the same time, now it's going to have to be some patience. Now it's going to be a steeper mountain to climb, which is fine, because we can climb it. Steeper meaning it's going to take a longer way to get there. IT's a harder road to travel. That's OK. You can still get there."

One person the team won't consider in the rotation is Joba Chamberlain, who battled for a rotation spot last spring and then spent all of 2010 in the bullpen.

"His stuff plays so much more significantly out of the pen," Cashman said. "We've given him the opportunity to show what he can do out of the rotation and the velocity dropped. It's just not the same stuff."

Cashman has repeatedly said he's moving on as if left-hander Andy Pettitte will indeed retire. That means their current rotation is CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes and then whoever else is ready, likely Ivan Nova.

In addition to starting help, New York is also searching for right-handed bullpen help, a right-handed hitting outfielder and a utility player.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 9:48 pm
 

Report: Cubs, Rangers top Webb's list


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

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: December 17, 2010 9:52 am
 

Webb decision coming soon

Expect something soon on the landing spot for Brandon Webb.

According to Ed Price of FanHouse (on Twitter ), multiple teams are in on the former Cy Young Award winner, and could have a deal in the next couple of days.

The Cubs, Nationals, Rangers, Pirates, Rockies and Twins have been mentioned at various times as having interest in the right-hander.

UPDATE: A source tells CBSSports.com that no decision has been made yet, and several teams are still "in the mix."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Cubs talking trades for starters

The Cubs are looking for pitching -- not only talking to the Rays about Matt Garza, but also talking about swapping left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny for right-handed starter Armando Galarraga, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat writes .

The Cubs have Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Randy Wells at the top of their rotation. The team still has Carlos Silva under control, but his status remains murky, leaving a competition between Gorzelanny, Casey Coleman and Jeff Samardzija for the last two spots of the rotation.

The team has reportedly talked to representatives for Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis, as well.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:13 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Mets interested in Young, Francis

The Mets are apparently scared off by the risks of Brandon Webb and his shoulder  and are instead looking at Chris Young and Jeff Francis for their rotation, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweets.

Webb isn't going to go without a team, though. The Cubs and Nationals have already met with his agent, Jonathan Maurer before the meetings. Maurer has talked to at least 10 teams. The Pirates could also be interested in Webb, the former Cy Young winner, as well as the Reds.

Young and Francis are hardly sure-bets. Young has missed most of the last two seasons with shoulder injuries. Francis was hurt much of 2008 before missing all of 2009 and was 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 20 games for the Rockies in 2010.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Cubs, Nationals hard after Webb

Webb Brandon Webb's market is heating up, as the Cubs and Nationals are gunning hard for the righty, as ESPN 's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Other teams are interested, but only Chicago and Washington are getting serious.

Webb is a former Cy Young Award winner who has struggled with injuries the past two seasons with Opening Day 2009 his only major-league action over the last two years.

If Webb's sinker and durability bounces back from his two-year absence from a torn labrum, he will be a steal for any team who wins Webb's services. He has averaged a startling 226 innings per major-league season in the seven years he has been in the bigs, and his career ERA is 3.27. Strong numbers for any pitcher.

-- Evan Brunell

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