LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers traded two minor leaguers to the Baltimore Orioles Thursday for reliever Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward and a draft pick.
Webb, 29, was 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 51 games for the Orioles last season. Baltimore designated him for assignment Monday and the Dodgers will be on the hook for all but a few days’ worth of his $2.75 million salary, a pretty good indication they will use the 6-foot-6 right-hander in their major league bullpen. Also, Webb is out of options.
The Dodgers also got Ward and a competitive-balance draft pick, No. 74 overall, in exchange for pitcher Ben Rowen and catcher Chris O’Brien. That pick, which falls between the second and third rounds, has a slot value of $827,000, according to Baseball America.