Brandon Webb Great Consolation Prize to Cliff Lee for Texas Rangers

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistDecember 27, 2010

TUCSON, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses during photo day at the Diamondbacks spring training complex on February 19, 2009 in Tuscon, Arizona.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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It has been reported that Brandon Webb has reached a one-year agreement with the Texas Rangers.

The contract has a $3 million base salary, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The Rangers were in the running for the great Cliff Lee, but he ultimately shunned them for the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Rangers had a lot to offer Lee, who just missed out once again on a World Series ring.

The Rangers played fantastic throughout 2010 and should field the top team in the AL West in 2011.

They may not have Cliff Lee to lead the rotation, but they just picked up a potential Comeback Player of the Year candidate.

Brandon Webb was once viewed as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball just a few short years ago.

Webb, 31 years old, has not played since the first game of the 2009 season when he suffered a shoulder injury.

Webb won the NL Cy Young award in 2006 but failed to show much improvement towards the end of the 2010 season and never saw the field.

Webb is determined to get back to being one of the top pitchers in all of baseball.

Webb has immense talent and we have seen pitchers come back from worse injuries before.

The Rangers will hope Webb can regain his velocity in time for Opening Day. Even if Webb isn’t ready for the first month or two of the season, the Rangers have the talent to still compete in the AL West while they wait for Webb. If Webb can stay healthy and come close to matching his 2008 form, the Rangers will be smiling from ear to ear.

In 2008, Webb was 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 226.2 innings pitched.

Webb has a 70-37 record with an average ERA of 3.24 and 1.20 WHIP in 231.58 innings pitched from 2005-2008.

Texas may have picked up the biggest steal in this free-agency period.