Nationals to meet with Brandon Webb at Winter Meetings

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The Cubs aren’t the only team with heavy interest in veteran right-hander Brandon Webb.

According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals plan to meet with Webb’s representatives at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in early December.

Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of the 2009 season because of chronic shoulder problems and did not show good velocity in a couple of throwing sessions this fall.

But he should come cheap, and that’s attractive to clubs in a weathered economy.

Webb, 31, registered a 3.30 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 34 starts in 2008 — his last full season.  He won the National League Cy Young Award back in 2006 with a 3.10 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 178 strikeouts in 235 innings.  The Nats, Cubs and the other interested teams are hoping that he has some of that magic left.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.