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.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.