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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-09

Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2008-05-09
A month after locking up outfielder Chris Young for six years, the Diamondbacks are in negotiations to extend the contract of ace righty Brandon Webb, who became the first major-leaguer in three seasons to win his first eight starts in an 8-3 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.

The sides have been talking on and off since the winter meetings, when Webb rejected the D-backs' offer, and seem to be making progress, Webb indicated.

"We've been talking a little bit and, hopefully, it's not something that drags out too long. We'll get something done," Webb said after pitching his first complete game of the season.

Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner, represents one of the best bargains in the major leagues. He is to make $5.5 million this season and $6.5 million in 2009, and the D-backs have an $8.5 million option with a $1.5 million buyout for 2010.

D-Backs general manager Josh Byrnes and Webb's agent, Jonathan Maurer, would not comment Thursday, although Maurer said at the winter meetings that he did not want to "break the bank," as he put it, and was seeking "a fair deal."

The D-backs do not appear prepared to offer Johan Santana money -- he signed a six-year extension worth almost $23 million a year after being traded to the Mets -- but understand that it will take a significant commitment. Lefty Randy Johnson's contract expires after this season, which will free $16 million.

Young signed a five-year, $28-million extension that was announced April 8.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, PHILLIES 3: Brandon Webb became the first NL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1997 -- the year before the D-backs were born -- to win his first eight starts, as he pitched a complete-game victory over Philadelphia, a game that ended when Webb started a double play. Outfielders Chris Young and Justin Upton -- who batted Nos. 3-4 in the order for the first time this season because of injuries to Orlando Hudson and Conor Jackson -- both homered.

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Added: May 9, 2008

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