AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price has a source who is indicating that the Cubs have been in contact with former Cy Young pitcher Brandon Webb. While most rumors have the Cubs looking at the middle tier of free agent starters, it would be no surprise to see the team go after a reclamation project/high upside type, given the otherwise full rotation.

Shoulder bursitis and accompanying surgery has cost Webb, 31, the last two seasons (he pitched four innings on Opening Day in 2009), but – at the risk of sounding like a wistful Cub fan pining about the imminent return to greatness of Mark Prior – Webb was among the best pitchers in baseball for the first six seasons of his career.

Webb is going to be jockeying for a guaranteed contract, but teams will look to bring him in on a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, hoping he’ll first prove he’s healthy.

In addition to the Cubs, Webb has been linked to the Dodgers, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers, and Twins, not to mention the possibility that he’ll return to the Diamondbacks (who paid him a whole lot of money to rehab).

  • Tanner

    I wanted this to happen last year. I would love this deal and be 100% for it!! With the sinking fastball, he should be fine coming back from surgery. GET HIM!

    • Ace

      If you had your way last year, though, the Cubs would have paid a whole lot of money for nothing. What makes you so certain he’s fine this year?

  • roughriider

    Webb would be a good risk if the price is right. The Cubs have a history of signing pitchers who have had injuries and are rehabing and for the most part it has been a good investment for them. Webb was a dominant pitcher with the D backs but the relationship has soured a little. He wanted to come back and pitch at the end of 2010 but the D backs didn’t want to give him a spot in the rotation since he was going to be a FA. So, I don’t think he will be going back to Arizona.

    • Ace

      I don’t disagree that it’s a nice low-risk move, but I’m having a hard time coming up with a reclamation (off of injury) type that worked out for the Cubs. Instead, I think of guys like Chad Fox, BJ Ryan, Wade Miller, Chad Fox (yes, that’s intentional)…

      • Jeff

        I agree with you that it usually doesn’t work out and that this may have had a lot to do with Larry Rothschild, but like I said in the other post, Ryan Dempster(who actually improved after his surgery). I know it’s like asking to catch lightning in a bottle twice, but it should be a low risk move.

      • Larry

        They originally signed Dempster as a reclamation project, but he would be the one and only exception I can think of, most of the Cubs reclamation projects don’t pan out.

        • Ace

          Right on – I should have said “except Dempster” (he was mentioned in a different thread, so I thought he was already accounted for).