The Diamondbacks were hoping right-hander Allen Webster would find a home in their rotation when they acquired him from the Red Sox in the Wade Miley deal, but he was designated for assignment on Friday.
Webster, who made top-100 prospect lists during his time with the Dodgers and Red Sox, was acquired along with Rubby De La Rosa last December. While De La Rosa showed flashes of usefulness at times this season, Webster proved to be a major disappointment for Arizona, posting a 5.81 ERA with more walks than strikeouts over five starts and four relief appearances in the majors and an eye-popping 8.18 ERA over 15 starts in Triple-A. He was reported to have some shoulder fatigue in April, so perhaps he just didn’t feel right all year.
Webster was going to be out of options going into spring training, so it makes sense why the Diamondbacks decided to move on. Still, he’s won’t be 26 until February and someone figures to take a chance on getting him back on track.