Brandon Webb May Be a Target for the Colorado Rockies

Paul Francis SullivanChief Writer IJanuary 4, 2013

PHOENIX - AUGUST 05:  Brandon Webb #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field on August 5, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Rockies have interest in former Cy Young Award winner and current free agent Brandon Webb, according to the Twitter feed of Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

For a period of time in the mid-to-late 2000s, Webb was one of the true elite pitchers in the National League.

In 2003 he was a Rookie of the Year candidate as he pitched alongside Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched over 200 innings in each of his first five full seasons in the majors, twice leading the league in starts.

In 2006, he led the league in wins, shutouts and ERA+ as he took home the National League Cy Young Award.

In 2007, Webb put together a 42-consecutive-scoreless-inning streak, the best in Arizona Diamondback history, as he helped pitch the Diamondbacks to the National League West title and the NLCS.

In 2008, he nearly won a second Cy Young award as he won 22 games in 226.2 innings for the Diamondbacks.

But he was injured on Opening Day of 2009 and has not pitched in the majors since. He pitched four games for the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate in 2011, but that has been his only professional experience this decade.

Shoulder issues and a pair of rotator cuff surgeries have derailed a once brilliant career. But now he is going to make a comeback and audition for teams according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

The Rockies, the team that beat him in the 2007 NLCS, are one of the teams. According to, their rotation in 2013 is headed by Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Jeff Francis, Tyler Chatwood and Juan Nicasio.

Coors Field might be a challenging place to pitch, but there is plenty of room for opportunity in their rotation for a comeback.

If the Rockies can get a pitcher at even a fraction of Webb's ability in 2008, it would a remarkable improvement.

And if Webb can regain his form, it would be a remarkable comeback indeed.