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Nationals remain interested in adding Webb

By Bill Ladson /

Friday, December 17, 2010 12:55 AM ET

Brandon Webb last pitched for the D-backs on Opening Day of the 2009 season. WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are not done looking for pitching. According to a baseball source, Washington continues to be in the mix to acquire right-hander Brandon Webb. The source said Webb is not in a hurry to make a decision.

If they are able to sign Webb at a reasonable price, the Nationals would have two pitchers -- along with Chien-Ming Wang -- who are coming off a right shoulder injury.

Webb has a close relationship with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who drafted Webb to the D-backs in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, and Phil Rizzo, the senior adviser to the general manager.

Phil Rizzo was the first person who informed the D-backs to keep their eyes on Webb after he scouted the right-hander at the University of Kentucky. Arizona ended up listening to Rizzo's advice.

Webb may be a risk worth taking. He won the National League Cy Young Award by going 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA in 2006, and two years later, he won 22 games while posting a 3.30 ERA.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time . He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats . This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.