- Associated Press - Monday, January 3, 2011

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - The Rangers will have a former Cy Young Award winner wearing No. 33 after all next season _ Brandon Webb instead of Cliff Lee.

Three weeks after losing Lee in free agency, the AL champions on Monday finalized a $3 million, one-year deal with the 2006 NL Cy Young winner, who hasn’t pitched since the 2009 season opener after shoulder surgery. Texas also completed a $3.9 million, one-year contract with 41-year-old reliever Arthur Rhodes.

While Texas would still like to add a big bat and possibly another pitcher this offseason, general manager Jon Daniels refused to discuss the possibility of signing free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre or get specific about any other potential moves.

“There are still some interesting possibilities out there,” Daniels said. “We focused a lot this offseason on continuing to build the depth, as far as insulating the core, bringing in character pieces, character players that fit what we’re trying to do. I think there’s still potentially an opportunity to continue to do that. We’ve been in contact with potentially a few things that might be a little bigger than that, but it’s hard to say whether any of those will come to fruition.”

Webb, whose last major league game was the 2009 opener for Arizona, can earn $5 million in bonuses.

Rhodes, coming off one of his best seasons in a 20-year major league career, has a deal that includes a $4 million club option for 2012 that could become guaranteed.

Webb was one of the NL’s best pitchers before shoulder surgery in 2009, and his rehabilitation including pitching four innings over 1 1/2 weeks in the instructional league in October.

“I feel good right now, feel good where I’m at,” Webb said. “I felt comfortable on the mound each time I went out there. My velocity got better and my stuff got better. Just taking it from there, I feel like I’m going to be ready for spring training for sure.”

If the Rangers make a deal with Beltre, a two-time Gold Glove winner coming off his first All-Star season, it would impact Michael Young, the franchise’s career hits leader who has three seasons left on his contract. Young was a second baseman until shortstop Alex Rodriguez was traded, then moved to third base two years ago to make room for rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus.

Webb has already been throwing for a couple of weeks in preparation for spring training.

“Right now, there’s no limitations at all for me,” Webb said. “I expect to jump right in. … This year should be the year I feel back to normal.”

Webb was 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA the year he won the Cy Young Award, then improved his victory total in each of the next two seasons when he was also an All-Star. He was 18-10 with a 3.01 ERA in 2007, then 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA in 2008 for the Diamondbacks, the team that drafted him in the eighth round in 2000.

After pitching more than 200 innings in five consecutive seasons, Webb developed shoulder trouble that eventually resulted in surgery. The Diamondbacks exercised their $8.5 million option to keep him under contract for 2010, but he never made it back after throwing only four innings in the 2009 season opener.

Webb’s surgery in August 2009 was done by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers’ team doctor.

Daniels said Meister felt the pitcher “was where he should have been from a conditioning standpoint. … All of the checkpoints you’d look at were there.”

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