Having missed out on re-signing Cliff Lee, the Rangers have come to a tentative agreement to sign another former Cy Young Award winner, Brandon Webb, according to a major-league source.
Reached by text message, agent Jonathan Maurer declined comment. Texas general manager Jon Daniels did not respond to a request for comment.
The deal, assumed to be for one year, is pending a physical. Webb has not pitched in the majors since Opening Day of 2009 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Webb, who had spent his entire career with the Diamondbacks, was 56-25 with a 3.13 ERA over 2006-08, winning the 2006 NL Cy Young and finishing second the next two seasons. Webb, who turns 32 in May, features a heavy sinker, and his career rate of 0.63 homers allowed per nine innings is tops among active starters with more than 850 career innings.