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December 6, 2013

Transaction Analysis

The Yankees Count on Kuroda

by Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella



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Signed RHP Ryan Webb to a two-year, $4.5 million contract. [12/6]

A minor deal, relative to Friday’s front-page free-agent signings, but one to circle. Webb, whom the Marlins deemed expendable before Monday's non-tender deadline, is a large righty equipped with a good fastball-slider combination that generates copious amounts of groundballs. He improved his performance against left-handed pitching last season, in part due to an increased emphasis on pitching inside, as pointed out by Grantland's Jonah Keri. (Over the past two seasons, Webb has nearly doubled his rate of pitches on the inside part of the plate.) If that improvement holds—and it's reasonable to think it should, at least on some level—then Webb could be in line for high-leverage work with the Orioles, though at this point in the offseason it's too early to declare him a dark horse candidate to close. —R.J. Anderson

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