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Monday, December 27, 2010

Rangers Take a Chance on Webb

After missing out on Cliff Lee and declining to answer Jose Canseco's phone calls, the Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year contract with 2006 NL Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. The deal is full of incentives for the former Diamondbacks right-hander, who was Cy runner-up to Jake Peavy in 2007 and Tim Lincecum in 2008, then pitched opening day for Arizona in 2009, but never again.

If Webb stays healthy and earns a spot in an already-solid Texas rotation, it could prevent the defending AL champions from moving closer Neftali Perez or set up man Alexi Ogando out of a strong bullpen. Of course, if Webb doesn't stay healthy not only will his Penguin Clause not kick in, the Rangers may have to ask Canseco to reprise his role as Terrible Pitcher at the 2006 GBL All-Star Game.

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