The Los Angeles Dodgers completed another trade this week that may not dominate national headlines, but figures to have been an under-the-radar move that should bode well for the team’s success moving forward.
With a bullpen that’s currently without Kenley Jansen and Brandon League, additional aid in the form of Ryan Webb was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Charlie O’Brien and Ben Rowen. The Dodgers also received Minor League catcher Brian Ward and a draft pick as part of the deal.
While Ward reported to Triple-A Oklahoma City and was added to their active roster, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Webb won’t join the club for their weekend series in Arizona, according to ESPN’s Mark Saxon:
I don’t know all the particulars. I just know those guys are saying, ‘Don’t expect him here in Arizona,’” Mattingly said.
Webb, along with his $2.75 million salary, was designated for assignment by the Orioles three days prior to being traded and reportedly has cleared waivers. Assuming that is the case, the Dodgers could place him in Triple-A for the time being.
The 29 year old is otherwise out of options, which could be factoring into the Dodgers’ decision on where to have him report. Moreover, Webb reportedly wasn’t interested in a Triple-A assignment with the Orioles and may have the same sentiment with the Dodgers.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander had 37 strikeouts in 49.1 innings and a 3.83 ERA in 51 games last season with the Orioles, which was his first with them.
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