I know Webb is from the area and likes Cincy, but I just don't see a good fit at all. I don't see him accepting a minor league contract here, and pitching in Louisville, basically hoping that one of our young kids falters.
There's so many teams that would be willing to give him that 3-6 million guaranteed and guarantee him a slot in the rotation.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
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Why would Webb come out and say he'd take a minor league deal? It's a bargaining position.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
I'd take Webb and give him a major league roster spot (after the Rule V), but it would have to be an incentive-laden deal, in the hopes of striking gold. There's little to lose other than that spot and the Reds have a few of them available.
If he's bad in Spring Training, you can cut him. If he's good, you've got a nice chip so that others can be dealt.
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From Jerry Crasnick:
There's also an unidentified NL Central team that's trying to make a late run at Webb.
I miss Adam Dunn.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
I hope it's the Reds. More or less a hometown kid fighting for his career.
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2009 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 2L
2010 Reds Record When I Attend: 1W - 0L
2011 Reds Record When I Attend: 0W - 1L
What if its the Brewers? They are contenders now after all.
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From Jayson Stark:
#Cubs & #Nationals are out on Brandon Webb, sources say. So Webb is down to 2 teams - #Rangers & NL Central "mystery team."
I hope it's not the Cardinals.
I miss Adam Dunn.
I hope the Reds are in on Webb. Would take some pressure off the younger pitchers and add depth. Plus a pitcher could be included in a deal to bring in a SS like Reyes.
Have to sign Webb to an incentive laden contract with 2 option years though. I wonder if that's the hang-up. No agent is going to let him go for more than 1 year in case he pitches lights out.
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