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Rockies to scout former Cy Young winner Webb

DENVER -- The Rockies will be among the teams that will scout former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb's throwing session, which will occur sometime in the next couple of weeks, Rockies senior vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett said.

The Rockies' interest in the workout session, which was first reported Friday by the Denver Post, is part of the club's attempt to find an accomplished pitcher with a history of forcing ground balls -- a profile the club wants to stick to in any trade or free-agency endeavor. Webb would be considered a low-risk maneuver.

Webb, 33, won the National League Cy Young Award in 2006 and finished second in NL voting the following two years while with the D-backs before having his career short-circuited by shoulder problems. The right-hander last pitched in the Majors in 2009 with the D-backs. His last action was four games in the Minors with the Rangers in 2011.

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It's not clear how many teams will be at the session.

The Rockies have made it known they would love to have a pitcher similar to how Webb was in his prime, and in the past they have succeeded with pitchers coming off down seasons and injuries. The Rockies will have to determine after Webb throws if he would be a candidate for a Major League contract or be invited to camp under a Minor League deal or if they'd pass altogether.

The Rockies would love to add a starter, plus a reliever capable of pitching multiple innings, but presently are at the 40-man limit on the Major League roster. To sign someone to a significant Major League contract, they would have to clear a roster spot, most likely with a trade that would clear roster space and salary.

The Denver Post also reported that the Rockies are looking at free-agent righty Jeff Karstens, who was recently non-tendered by the Pirates after going 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 19 games, including 15 starts, last season.

The Rockies have signed left-handed pitcher Erick Threets, who has pitched in the Majors with the Giants and the White Sox, to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, Rockies player development director Jeff Bridich said.

Threets, 31, made 10 appearances with the Giants over the 2007-08 seasons and 11 appearances with the White Sox in 2010. He is a combined 0-1 with a 3.28 ERA. Threets spent last season at the Triple-A level with the Athletics and the Dodgers.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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