WASHINGTON -- Brandon Webb "remains excited" about the Nationals, according to a baseball source. The Webb camp had talks with the Nationals during the Winter Meetings.
If the Nationals sign Webb, it most likely will be an incentive-laden deal because Webb has not pitched in almost two years because of right shoulder problems. After having surgery last August, Webb was able to throw in the instructional league in late September and October without any problems.
It's not a secret that Webb has a close relationship with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who drafted Webb in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft when Rizzo was director of scouting with the D-backs, and Phil Rizzo, the senior adviser to the general manager. Rizzo was the first person who informed the D-backs to keep their eyes on Webb after he scouted the right-hander when he was attending the University of Kentucky. Arizona ended up listening to Rizzo's advice.