Mets ‘keeping an eye’ on RHP Brandon Webb January 15th, 2013 12:02 pm The Mets, Phillies, Braves and Marlins are all “keeping an eye” on RHP Brandon Webb, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
Webb hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2009 thanks to arm problems, but he is a former Cy Young Award winner and was a dominant sinkerballer prior to that season. He has historically been equally as effective against both left-handed and right-handed hitters and kept the ball in the yard thanks to his outstanding sinker. But how that effectiveness might translate today would largely depend on how healthy he is and how much he has left in the tank. If the Mets were to sign Webb, he certainly could not be depended on as a consistent presence in the rotation, let alone for the kind of innings and production he provided in the past.
How many Cy Youngs do Cappy and Young have again? Webb was one of the best pitchers in baseball before he got injured. Neither Cappy nor Young ever came close to the stats he put up 2006-2008.
In all likelihood he's washed up, but if the Mets plan on stockpiling starters for ST review at little cost then I'd certainly look at him. (Heck, why not invite everyone's favorite promising yet never healthy pitchers Mark Prior or Rich Harden too?). But I suspect the only way the Mets end up with Webb it's because the rest of baseball has already decided to walk away, NOT because they outbid anyone else.
"In all likelihood he's washed up, but if the Mets plan on stockpiling starters for ST review at little cost then I'd certainly look at him."
As would I, but nothing guaranteed. But that won't happen since I'm sure at least one team will offer him a multi-year guaranteed contract.