PHOENIX -- The whereabouts of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ newest relief pitcher are a bit of a mystery. The team made a trade with the Baltimore Orioles for 6-foot-6 right-hander Ryan Webb Thursday and, considering the Dodgers will be paying him almost $2.75 million, most people assumed he would be on the major league roster.
But Dodgers manager Don Mattingly met with president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi before Friday’s game and said that Webb would not be joining the team in Arizona for the three-game series with the Diamondbacks.
In fact, Mattingly wouldn’t say where Webb will be reporting when he does report. Friedman avoided reporters before Friday night’s game at Chase Field.
Asked if there was a possibility Webb will be sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City -- according to the Baltimore Sun, he already has cleared waivers -- Mattingly offered little information.
“I don’t know all the particulars. I just know those guys are saying, ‘Don’t expect him here in Arizona,’" Mattingly said.
Players have 72 hours to report to their new team after they are traded, which would require Webb to be in Arizona -- if that’s where the Dodgers want him -- by Sunday.
The Dodgers also got minor league catcher Brian Ward and the Orioles’ No. 74 overall pick in June’s draft in the trade, which might explain why they would trade for Webb rather than simply claim him off waivers. If the Dodgers are able to store Webb in Triple-A, they will have plenty of options if their major league relievers struggle. They already have former closers David Aardsma and Sergio Santos in Triple-A, as well as former major leaguers David Huff and Carlos Frias.