Brandon Webb wants to come back to Arizona

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Brandon Webb is an optimistic chap these days. He wants to pitch yet before the season is over and thinks he can do it.  Plus, he likes the looks of the Dbacks’ revamped pitching staff and would like to be part of it next year:

“I like the pitching staff
a lot,” he said. “The young guys are doing a great job. I think they’re
only going to get better, getting experience and stuff up here. I think
they’re going to be really good. I’d definitely like to be a part of
that next year.”

Recall last January he was talking about taking his talents back closer to his Kentucky home. Of course then he still had hopes of putting up a nice walk year that could land him some free agent interest.

At this point, however, he’s only going to get himself an incentive-laden deal, and one figures that the best incentives would be offered by the team that knows his health and pitching status the best (i.e. the Dbacks).  Everyone else would be taking an even greater and more ill-informed gamble.

Report: Nationals sign Joaquin Benoit to a one-year deal

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Joaquin Benoit to a contract. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post adds that it’s a one-year major league deal worth $1 million.

Benoit, 40, spent last season with the Phillies and Pirates. He put up a mediocre 4.65 ERA with a 46/22 K/BB ratio across 50 1/3 innings. Only 8/13 innings came with the Pirates as he dealt with a left knee injury that kept him out of action for much of the final month and a half. He also left the team in mid-September to attend to a family matter in the Dominican Republic.

Given his age and declining performance, as well as the Nationals’ bullpen depth, Benoit doesn’t figure to pitch in many high-leverage spots, but that could change with injuries.