With the Mets unlikely to sign closer Brian Wilson to a major league contract, the Mets are setting their sights on another reclamation project to boost the pitching staff. This time the Mets are kicking the tires about acquiring the services of Brandon Webb.
Is making overtures at Webb worth the gamble? Is he simply too much damaged goods?
Webb, 33, has not pitched since 2009- when he made only one start. Webb has not been able to overcome the shoulder problems that plagued him in his later years in Arizona. Webb has had several surgeries to his shoulder and this month he will have a bullpen session in front of potential suitors to show off how he looks. This is your classic low-risk/high-reward gamble.
In seven seasons with the Diamondbacks, Webb compiled an 87-62 record to go along with a 3.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. In 1319.2 innings pitched, Webb has 1,065 strikeouts.
So it begs the question. Granted he looks good, should the Mets contemplate offering Webb a contract? As it is, almost the entire NL East is interested in Webb.
At his best, Webb was a dominant sinker-ball pitcher unrivaled by no one in the league. In 2006, he won the N.L. Cy Young with the Diamondbacks while being the runner up in both 2007 and 2008. In the mid 2000’s, Webb was as dominant, a top-of-the line ace as there was.
While no one expects Webb to get back to his ace-like ways, Webb could be a scrap-heap option that could work out well for the Mets. After all, this is the same organization that got great mileage out of Chris Young and Chris Capuano in the last couple of years.
While the Mets would be better served by going after the likes of a Carl Pavano to fill the innings void left the departure of R.A. Dickey, Webb is the boom or bust pitcher who could pay off big dividends. The reward with him far outweighs the risk.
For a team with a young pitching corps, Webb would be a welcome addition. For Webb to regain some of his glory and mentor a young rotation along the way, he could benefit the squad in more ways than one.
At this point, why not?
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