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Diamondbacks Should Bring Back Webb

Diamondbacks Should Bring Back Webb

The Arizona Diamondbacks must decide on whether to exercise their $8.5 million option on Brandon Webb within 10 days of the conclusion of the World Series. Webb is scheduled to throw in October after missing all but the opening day start of 2009. Regardless of how those throwing sessions go, the D-backs should invoke their option.

When is an $8.5 million option not an $8.5 million option?  When there is a $2 million buyout.  The initial buyout on Brandon Webb's contract was $500,000, but it increased by $500,000 every time he finished among the top five in NL Cy Young Award balloting.  The Diamondbacks need to pay Webb $2 million whether he pitches for them or not.  For all intensive purposes, Webb's 2010 option is for...

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