Brandon Webb aiming to return "within 14 days"

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Here’s a shocker.

Diamondbacks veteran Brandon Webb, who hasn’t thrown a pitch in a major league game since April of 2009, is aiming to return to the big leagues “within the next 14 days.”  This is what his agent, Jonathan Maurer, told Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse.

The 31-year-old Webb has several bullpen sessions under his belt and completed a successful simulated game on Saturday afternoon.  He’s likely to head out on a minor league rehab assignment early next week and will be evaluated from there.  By all accounts, his surgically-repaired shoulder is doing just fine.

Webb has made 199 major league appearances in his seven-plus year career and only one of those has been as a reliever.  But, because of time constraints, he’s going to return as a member of the D’Backs’ bullpen this season.

The impending free agent is hoping to build his resume for the upcoming winter.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.