Reds identified as mystery team in on Brandon Webb

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More developments here in the hunt for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.

The NL Central “mystery” team that was mentioned earlier by’s Jayson Stark has been identified by Ken Rosenthal of as the Cincinnati Reds.  Rosenthal believes that Webb is now choosing between Texas and Cincinnati.

The 31-year-old righty knows Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and Cincy trainer Paul Lessard from their days together with the Diamondbacks, but he also has connections with Rangers medical director Keith Meister.

In the end, it’s going to come down to money.  Which team will offer the 31-year-old right-hander more in base salary and more in performance-based incentives?

The Yankees have also been monitoring the negotiations and could always decide to swoop in with a last-minute proposal.

Webb is expected to decide on a landing spot within the next couple of days.

Marlins sign Sean Burnett to minor league deal

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Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.

Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.

Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.