The Texas Rangers and former National League Cy Young winner Brandon Webb continue to work toward a contract for next season, and sources said that there are plans for him to speak later today on the phone with manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux.
Webb, a right-hander, is seeking a one-year deal low in guaranteed money but loaded with incentives, according to a source. The Rangers typically like to have an option year included with deal for high-risk players, but Webb's agent, Jonathan Maurer, has told teams that Webb wants only one year.
The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs are also believed to be interested, but a source said that Webb wants to play for the Rangers.
Webb, who turns 32 in May, won the Cy Young award in 2006 with Arizona and was the runner-up the next two seasons.
But he hasn't pitched since Opening Day of the 2009 season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery in 2009. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, performed the operation on the teres major muscle near the shoulder blade, and Webb finally returned after a few setbacks to pitch this year the instructional league for Arizona.
-- Jeff Wilson