It was just a few years ago that Brandon Webb's progress -- or lack thereof -- was one of the biggest stories at Texas Rangers spring training. The Rangers gave him $3 million in the hopes that he could get healthy and help the rotation. But the 2006 Cy Young Award winner had setbacks and never appeared in a Rangers game.
Webb retired on Monday at age 33 as his agents issued a statement on his behalf:
"With retirement, Brandon looks forward to focusing on more time with his family. He would like to thank all the countless coaches, players and friends for their support during his career."
Webb was an example of the club's risk-reward approach. Sometimes those types of deals -- pitchers coming off injuries with a track record of some success -- work out, and sometimes they don't. Webb didn't, and after thinking about yet another comeback attempt, he's calling it a career. Webb never pitched in the big leagues after April 6, 2009.