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Pirates Have an Interest in Brandon Webb

Pirates Have an Interest in Brandon Webb

The Pirates have an interest in Webb.

According to Jerry Crasnick, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams with an interest in starting pitcher Brandon Webb.  Webb missed the entire 2010 season with a shoulder injury, and only made one start in 2009.  He made an appearance in the instructional leagues at the beginning of October, but only topped out at 85 MPH with his fastball, and didn't have much of a curveball.  Following the instructional leagues, Webb was expected to take a few months off for rehab.

Webb also has drawn interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, and the St. Louis Cardinals.  He's a risky signing, and far from a guarantee to return to his former self.  Because of that, he isn't going to command a big salary, likely signing an incentive heavy deal.

The Pirates could be an attractive destination for Webb, considering the availability of spots in the rotation.  That would give Webb a shot t...

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