Hey! There’s a mystery team interested in Brandon Webb!

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Brandon Webb is being pursued by the Rangers, Cubs and maybe the Nationals.  And, according to Jerry Crasnick, there’s “an unidentified NL Central team” interested as well.

You can’t fool me with your calm, precise and non-inflammatory rhetoric, Jerry. That’s a mystery team.  Don’t worry, I’m a lawyer and I checked. You don’t have to pay Heyman royalties for using that term. Not yet anyway.

Who could it be?  Tom Haudricort reports that it’s not the Brewers.  Depending on how realistic Webb’s contract demands are, however, it could be any of the others.  Even the Pirates, who would be wise to go after reclamation projects like Webb with an eye toward flipping him to a contender if he pans out in the first half.  He’d be a fifth starter in St. Louis. He could conceivably break the Reds’ rotation if he’s healthy. The Astros could use all the help they can get.

All I know is that I’m not going to assume that the mystery team is baloney anymore. They have been proven to exist.

Report: Yankees J.A. Happ, closing in on a three-year deal

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UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.

10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.

Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.

With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.