Brandon Webb’s one-year deal with Rangers worth $3 million plus incentives

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No official details yet on Brandon Webb’s one-year contract with the Rangers, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth around $3 million in guaranteed money plus undisclosed incentives.

Webb earned $6.5 million to make one start in 2009 and then the Diamondbacks picked up his $8.5 million option for 2010 only to get zero innings for their money.

Early in the offseason there were reports of Webb seeking a one-year deal for similar guaranteed money, but clearly after one shoulder surgery and two lost seasons no one was going to commit $7-8 million upfront.

Getting him for $3 million is a worthwhile gamble for the Rangers, who’ll gladly pay whatever incentives are built into the deal if Webb can come anywhere close to the dominant ace from 2003-2008.

UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick says the incentives could push the total value to around $8-10 million.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.