Veteran right-hander Brandon Webb has not thrown a pitch in the big leagues since Opening Day in 2009, but his prolonged time away has not stopped the one-time Cy Young winner from attempting a comeback. Webb will audition for several clubs some time this month with a bullpen session:
Former cy young winner Brandon Webb will throw a bullpen session this month in arizona for several interested teams— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 1, 2013
It is unknown which teams will sit in on the bullpen session but, at most, a club could sign the oft-injured right-hander to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
From 2003-2008, Webb was one of the best pitchers in baseball, posting a 3.24 ERA and 7.3 K/9 rate while averaging 33 starts and 219 innings a season. But after six seasons of nearly injury-free baseball, Webb's throwing shoulder gave out in April 2009, forcing the right-hander to undergo season-ending labrum surgery that would sideline him for two seasons.
Webb, now 33, signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers in 2011 but was released after just four starts with their Double-A club to undergo yet another shoulder surgery -- this time on his rotator cuff.
Webb's track record when healthy is so good that it is hard to imagine a club will not be willing to take a chance on him, especially in a market where Rich Harden is still getting minor-league contracts.