PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays are close to a deal to add Clearwater product Ryan Webb to their bullpen.
Webb, 30, spent most of last season with the Indians, going 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 40 games. Primarily a ground ball pitcher, the right-hander has previously been with the Padres, Marlins and Orioles, compiling a 3.35 ERA in 357 big-league games.
With Webb, a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic, expected to get a major-league deal, the Rays are likely waiting until today because it's the first day players, such as injured pitchers Alex Cobb or Chase Whitley, can be placed on the 60-day DL. By doing that, the Rays don't have to drop another player to make room for Webb on the 40-man roster.
The Rays open camp this weekend with the first workout for pitchers and catchers Sunday and may add another reliever on a minor-league deal, seeking to fill a void created by the trade of Jake McGee to Colorado.
GM UPBEAT: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said his prognosis is good while he is treated for cancer. "I feel very well," Alderson, 68, said in Port St. Lucie. "I have therapy every couple of weeks, and the side effects have not been significant."
SCHWARBER RAINS DESTRUCTION: Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber launched a ball into the parking lot that cracked a windshield while taking batting practice in Mesa, Ariz. Schwarber took to Twitter to appeal to an auto glass company, which offered to repair the windshield.
ROCKIES: All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu agreed to a $7.8 million, two-year contract ahead of an arbitration hearing.
ROYALS: The team is installing additional netting at Kauffman Stadium that extends toward the outfield end of each team's dugout to improve fan safety.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.