so does anyone have any suggestions for non-roster invites? These are guys that we would sign to a minor league deal, invite to spring training and see what they got. They will either make the team, or head to triple-a or ask for their release.
I think a good option might be Brandon Webb. He averaged 5.667 WAR per year from 2006-2008. The fact that he was always a finesse pitcher (7.2 k/9 over that span and according to fan graphs averaged only 89 mph on his sinking fastball) means he can be effective even if topping out in the upper 80s.
There hasnt been any buzz about webb at all, so this late in the offseason it seems he will settle for a minor league deal. According to Jon Heyman, he has been throwing for a month and his arm feels good. Webb could be a solid option out of the marlins, if he would be willing to try to revive his career as a reliever. He pitched over 220 innings or 4 years in a row and should be a very durable option out of the pen. He would also be a solid veteran presence who could help to stabilize the circus, i mean clubhouse.
All this is assuming he is healthy, but what harm would a minor league deal be if he isn't?