The Washington Nationals are expected to add a starting pitcher this summer. The big fish is Cliff Lee, and the Nationals are reportedly at least in the picture for him. But it's more likely they get someone for less money that is a low-risk option.
One potential guy is Brandon Webb, the former Cy Young winner for the Arizona Diamondbacks that has not played in nearly two years. According to a report by Adam Kilgore in the Washington Post, the Nationals will be one of the teams that will make a pitch to Webb.
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo drafted Webb in 2000 while serving as Arizona's scouting director, and the two have remained friendly over the years. In part because of their past together and their relationship, the Nationals and Webb could be a natural fit.
There will be "a lot of interest in both sides," the source said. "The Nationals and Webb will definitely be in play, in conversation."
This sounds eerily reminiscent to Rizzo's decision to sign Chien-Ming Wang last year, a decision that didn't work out because Wang wasn't able to come back from injury. However, Kilgore reports that Webb is closer to full strength now than Wang was at this time last year.