Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb may be looking for a contract similar to the one Tim Hudson signed with the Braves.
"Webb loves Arizona and they will be considered highly, but Brandon WILL be looking at an incentive-based contract [with] a guaranteed base where [Brad] Penny and [Rich] Harden at $7.5MM, [Ben] Sheets at $10MM and [Tim] Hudson's $9.33MM average annual value are all conversation starters," agent Jonathan Maruer told MLB Trade Rumors.
"Webb, when healthy, is one of the top pitchers in the game. Arizona is a great place to play, ([though] it has always been a hitter's park, Webb has dominated there) but I anticipate significant interest in what is a very healthy Brandon Webb, with his signature life back on all his pitches."
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb threw a simulated game on Saturday and remains confident that he'll pitch on a major-league mound this season.
It's been nearly 17 months since Webb made an appearance for Arizona.
"It looks to me like he's going to pitch," pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. said. "It really does. I couldn't say that a month ago."
Webb said he hopes to throw "two or three" more sessions like Saturday's, which he guessed could put him in position to make short relief stints with the Diamondbacks sometime within the next three weeks.
"It was a big step today," he said. "I kind of impressed myself. I didn't know what to expect, and I'm really pleased with it. Stott was a little worried going into it, if I was ready or not, but coming out he was pretty much all smiles.
"I definitely need to prove to myself and everybody else that I can get people out."
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb is still hoping to make an appearance for the team this season.
He continues to rehab his troublesome shoulder.
"One time or 10, whatever I can get," Webb said. "Hopefully, I'll pitch the last game of the season if that's what I get.
"All along, I've had motivation, but as time lapses on . . . I realize it more, so I'm going to do what I can to get out there."
Webb hasn't pitched since Opening Day 2009.
The Diamondbacks have signed veteran left-hander Mike Hampton to a minor league deal, according to an ESPN.com report.
Diamondbacks GM Jerry DiPoto says Saturday Hampton will be used as a reliever even though he has spent much of his career as a starter. The oft-injured 38-year-old will be assigned to Triple-A Reno.
The D-Backs are having preliminary talks with Adam LaRoche about an extension. ?It?s floated around,? LaRoche said. ?Nothing serious, so we?ll see. If we could work something out for a long-term deal, I would be more than happy to listen to it.?
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