Brandon Webb may start the season on the DL

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This is why you shouldn’t pay much attention to those February “Player X is throwing free and easy” articles:

The Diamondbacks acknowledged on Friday morning that Brandon Webb might not be ready to start the season on time and could begin the year on the disabled list.
“It’s a long season,” General Manager Josh Byrnes
said. “If we get 30 starts from him, great. If we get 20, that’s great.
We just need to get it right.”
Asked if that means Webb might start on the DL,
Byrnes called it a possibility, the first time anyone in the
organization has admitted that Webb’s slow pace might leave him behind
schedule.

For what it’s worth, Webb disagrees that he’ll need to start on the DL. No link for that, but that’s what folks are tweeting.

Hard to say what will happen here, but for those of you who skew pessimistic and want to skip ahead, the pattern usually goes like this:

1. Player X, recovering from surgery Y, is looking forward to showing everyone he can still get the job done (Dec-Jan);

2. Player X is throwing free and easy, eyes big year (Feb);

3. Player X has setback; feels fine; acknowledges there will be bumps in the road coming back (early March);

4. Player X may start the season on the DL; GM says it’s OK, season is long (next day);

5. Player X won’t break camp with the team; staying in Arizona/Florida for extended spring training (late March);

6. Player X flying to City Z for further tests (June);

7. Player X holding private workouts for suitors willing to take a chance (January).

Hope that’s not Webb’s path, of course, but it’s not like such a thing would be unprecedented.

Report: Blue Jays and Royals making progress on a Francisco Liriano trade

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.

Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.

The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.

Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins are open to trading starter Dan Straily

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.

Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.

Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.