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Added December 27th, 2010 by Chalk

Rangers Sign Brandon Webb
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The Texas Rangers couldn’t convince Cliff Lee to stay, then missed out on Zack Greinke. That leaves Plan C: giving a one-year, incenvtive-laden deal to another former Cy Young winner, Brandon Webb, who has missed almost all of the past two seasons. From 2005-2008, Webb pitched more innings and won more games than anyone in Major League Baseball.

Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day 2009, and has had multiple surgeries to try to fix his injured shoulder. But Webb has had promising medical reports over the winter and is expected to be ready to go by spring training. The deal with the Rangers is still pending Webb passing a physical. The Nationals, Cubs and Reds were also believed to be interested in the 31-year-old righthander.

After Lee left to return to the Phillies, the Rangers were considering many options to fill the void, including converting rookie closer Neftali Feliz to a starter. As long as Webb is healthy, that option now seems unlikely. Rangers manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux reportedly met with Webb last week.

Webb spent his first seven big league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 19 interleague starts against the American League, Webb was just 5-11 with a 3.74 ERA. His career numbers: 87-62, 3.27 ERA.

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