Brandon Webb is finally ready to throw against some hitters, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com.
“Maybe seeing some hitters will help me tighten up my command a little bit,” Webb said. “I’ve just felt a little wild.”
Webb declared himself ready to go after throwing 62 pitches in his most recent bullpen session yesterday. He has already completed four bullpen sessions this spring.
The 32-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009 and while he says he has felt fine physically all spring, he’s currently running behind the other pitchers in Rangers’ camp. In short, his status for the start of the season is in serious doubt.
Webb acknowledged Saturday during an interview with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list, but added that “hopefully I’ll catch up and move right along.”
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”