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The Brewers have a relatively weak bullpen and with a pretty decent free agent class for relievers this season, the Brewers have found one and hopefully not the last one.
The Brewers inked sinkerballer Ryan Webb to a minor league deal, the 30 year old spent his whole season with Tampa Bay last year and pitched to a 5.19 ERA which happens to be the worst ERA in his career.
Being a sinkerballer, Webb has always kept hitters in the ball park as the most home runs he’s gave up in a single season is 5 and with the 5 homeruns he struck out the most batters in his career with 54 K’s.
Webb started his career with San Diego in 2009 at the age of 23 and stuck in San Diego for the 2009 & 2010 season and pitched to a 3.86 ERA and a 2.90 ERA respectively. 2010 with San Diego was his best season as he only gave up 1 home run, struck out 44 in 54 games.
Webb was then traded with Edward Mujica to the Marlins for outfielder Cameron Maybin and analytically he had one of his better seasons. After the trade Webb posted a 0.9 WAR which is reserve level but still decent for a reliever. Webb spent 2011-2013 in Florida/Miami with the Marlins where he had his best seasons of his career in terms of WAR. As I said he posted a 0.9 WAR in his first year with the Marlins, then a rough 0.2 WAR in 2012 to go with a 4.03 ERA which was his 2nd worst of his career. 2013 was his best year in terms of WAR with a 1.2 and a 2.91 ERA, 2013 was also the year Brewers then OF Caleb Gindl hit a walk off homer off Webb in the 13th inning at Miller Park.
After 2013 Webb was granted free agency and he elected to sign with the Baltimore Orioles and his stint was short lived after he was traded in early April to the Dodgers for now Brewers pitcher Ben Rowen and a Draft pick.
Webb’s time in Los Angeles was short lived and by short lived I mean a total of 4 days. Webb was a free agent for a total of 1 day before he was signed by the Cleveland Indians where he finished out 2015 with the Indians before being released ahead of the 2016 season.
For 2016 Webb found himself on his 5th team as he signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays for 2016 which was his worst season of his 5 year career where he pitched to a 5.19 ERA in 18 games and tied for his worst career WAR wise as it was in the negatives. Webb was cut by the Rays on July 6th and just like most of his career as a free agent it only lasted 2 days as he found himself back in the Midwest as a part of the Chicago White Sox on July 8th.
As a part of the Chicago White Sox he pitched exclusively in the minors and it was ugly, between two levels (A (Adv.) and AAA) he posted the same ERA of 13.50 with 4 appearances between both levels combined.
Webb comes to the Crew as having a history of being a good relief pitcher and recent past of being a very rocky dropping off pitcher. The Crew will hope to find the old version of Webb and he makes an impact in the bullpen.