D’Backs Unlikely To Bring Webb Back In 2011

WEDNESDAY: Maurer tells the Associated Press that Webb "loves Arizona" and would be open to re-signing with the Snakes.  The D'Backs released a statement strongly suggesting that Webb won't re-sign in Arizona. “Although we have not entirely closed the door on Brandon returning to the D-backs next season, I understand the process he and his agent are going through at this time as a free agent,” D'Backs GM Kevin Towers said.

"I certainly understand Brandon's decision to test the free agent market and I wish him well,” said Arizona President & CEO Derrick Hall. “He has meant so much to this franchise and provided this team and our fans with magical memories.  His contributions both on and off the field are greatly appreciated and should be recognized.  His wife and children have been beautiful additions to our D-backs family and we will always consider them members of it."

TUESDAY: The Diamondbacks haven't discussed a new deal with free agent right-hander Brandon Webb and the team does not plan to initiate talks with him, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. Webb made three Instructional League appearances this fall after rehabbing from the rotator cuff and labrum injuries that sidelined him for most of 2009 and all of 2010. His fastball topped out in the low-80s, which could limit interest.

Jonathan Maurer, the agent for the former Cy Young Award winner, told MLBTR that his client will be looking for a significant base salary in 2011. Though the D'Backs don't appear likely to retain Webb in 2011, plenty of teams could have interest in upside starters this winter.

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