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.

Report: Bryan Shaw has two multiyear offers on the table

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Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.

The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.

The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.