Brandon Webb’s contract with the Texas Rangers will have a base salary of three million dollars according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Olney’s colleague at ESPN Jerry Crasnick is reporting that incentives can bring Webb’s salary between eight and ten million dollars.
Webb, a former Cy Young winner with the Arizona Diamondbacks, hasn’t pitched since the 2009 season when he threw only four innings. Webb did not appear in the major leagues during the 2010 season. Shoulder injuries have derailed Webb’s career, which had been highly successful up until the injuries. Webb boasts a career 3.27 ERA and 1.24 WHIP – and he’s a notorious groundball machine thanks to his sinkerball.
Webb decided to sign with the Rangers instead of the Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. The Nats, Cubs and Reds had been courting Webb up through last week. The Reds emerged as yet another infamous “mystery team” but failed to sign Webb.