Brandon Webb to be held out of games in Florida

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With his velocity too far down to make a minor league rehab assignment a possibility, Brandon Webb will stop pitching in games in extended spring training in order to work on his mechanics.

The Rangers seem to be hoping that Webb can build some arm strength by focusing on his delivery in bullpen sessions.   Reports had him working at 79-81 mph in his last appearance, which is a good five mph short of where he’d need to be to stand any sort of chance against major league hitters.

Webb, who last pitched in the majors since April 2009, typically worked at 87-90 mph while winning 56 games in a three-year span from 2006-08.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.