The Chicago Cubs are looking at a former Cy Young award winner who won 22 games in a single season and has a career record of 87-62 with a 3.27 ERA. On top of all that he beat them in the 2007 playoffs.
Sounds pretty good right?
Well what if I now told you the last time he was healthy was in 2009 when he pitched in one game. So who is this mystery pitcher who pitched 5 straight years of over 200 innings?
Former Diamondbacks ace Brandon Webb.
Webb will be 32 in May and has spent the last 2 seasons rehabbing after having surgery on his right shoulder. But when healthy which he had proved to be pretty durable before this shoulder injury he is on of the best in the game. Besides the Cy Young award he has been named to the all-star team 3 times and lead the NL in wins twice.
So is he worth the risk and would you be happy if Webb was the big addition to the pitching staff?
I would say go for it. Webb could provide the Cubs with the #1 ace they have missed since Wood and Prior went down with injury. It has become very clear that Carlos Zambrano is not that guy and might be much better suited for a #2 role. The Cubs have had luck with pitchers coming off injury before, remember Ryan Dempster came to the Chicago after having Tommy John surgery. However I will not accept this as the "big" free agent signing.
Tom Ricketts and the new ownership need to step up and prove to their fans that they do know what they are doing. So far they went against a fan favorite for the manager spot, asked for money to remodel Wrigley Field and then there was the whole Northwestern-Illinois football game mess. So go out and grab Brandon Webb because he is worth the gamble but don't let that be the only move you make.