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Diamondbacks designate Allen Webster for assignment

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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.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.