1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson was the first to report it and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com can confirm: free agent right-hander Brandon Webb, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since Opening Day 2009, will throw for teams later this month.
The Twins — per Wolfson’s initial report — will send a rep. The other interested MLB clubs aren’t known.
Webb won the National League Cy Young Award while serving as the Diamondbacks’ ace in 2006 and also had excellent seasons in 2007 and 2008. But he then began developing serious shoulder problems and has now undergone several shoulder and rotator cuff procedures.
At best, he’ll get a non-guaranteed minor league contract and an invitation to a major league camp.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.