Nationals remain interested in adding Webb
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
Friday, December 17, 2010 12:55 AM ET
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.