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Sunday, December 5, 2010
Free agent outlook: Brandon Webb

By Richard Durrett

ORLANDO -- We continue our look at possible free-agent options for the Rangers with starter Brandon Webb.

Webb, 31, has pitched a total of four innings in the last two seasons thanks to shoulder issues that resulted in surgery in August 2009. He missed all of 2010 because of it, but is motivated to return and show that he can still be productive.

Webb was the Cy Young Award winner in 2006 and an All-Star for three years leading up to the injury. He had an ERA hovering around 3.00 in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The sinkerball pitcher's agent says he'll be ready for spring training.

Clearly, this is a risk. But it falls in line with the Rangers' previous low risk-high reward deals. They've had more successes than failures in that department recently (see Vladimir Guerrero, Eric Gagne, Eddie Guardado, among others) and if Webb regains even most of his effectiveness, he be a big addition to the rotation. He won 22 games in 2008, his last full season. That's too good to ignore.

What are your thoughts on Webb? Should the Rangers make a play for him?