Orioles Designate Ryan Webb; Optioned To Triple-A

SUNDAY: Webb has cleared waivers and has been officially optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, tweets CSNBaltimore.com’s Rich Dubroff. To make room for Webb on the Norfolk roster, the Tides released outfielder Xavier Paul (Twitter link).

FRIDAY: The Orioles have designated right-hander Ryan Webb for assignment, the team announced.  The newly-acquired Andrew Miller has taken Webb’s spot on the 25-man roster.

While technically a DFA, Webb has only been designated off Baltimore’s 25-man roster.  The Orioles needed to make this procedural move in order to assign Webb to Triple-A since over three years had passed since his first Major League appearance — the O’s performed a similar transaction earlier this season with Evan Meek.  Webb is still on the Orioles’ 40-man roster but is currently on optional assignment waivers.

Webb signed a two-year, $4.5MM deal with the Orioles last winter after the Marlins (surprisingly) didn’t tender him a contract for 2014.  The righty has been shaky in recent weeks but has been a solid contributor overall to Baltimore’s pen, posting a 3.80 ERA, 7.2 K/9 and 3.4 K/BB rate over 42 2/3 innings.  Webb has held opposing batters to a .255/.301/.315 slash line and has actually performed better against left-handed batters (.555 OPS) than righty bats (.649 OPS) this year.

Edward Creech contributed to this post.

10 Responses to Orioles Designate Ryan Webb; Optioned To Triple-A Leave a Reply

  1. Bleed_Orange 12 months ago

    Should have been Matusz

    • The_Artist_Formerly_OFIC 12 months ago

      Webb has options.. Matusz does not

      • Rabbitov 12 months ago

        This. Also Webb will be back in a few weeks when rosters expand anyways.

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan
      Lefty_Orioles_Fan 12 months ago

      Webb has been shaky recently and maybe all season long.
      Although, I do have to say I am a bit surprised because they signed him for what a 2 yr/ 5 Million Contract (total).

      Also, you’re right about Matusz but I thought they would have traded him and given him a fresh start.

      • The_Artist_Formerly_OFIC 12 months ago

        Technically Webb is DFA’d off 25 man roster. Same thing done to Meek this year. Stays in org. Will be optioned

  2. BlueCatuli 12 months ago

    Damnit. He’ll keep the finished game/ no save streak alive somewhere, I know it!!

  3. Thomas W 12 months ago

    amazing they couldn’t find someone who wanted a 2.62FIP GB heavy reliever on a cheap deal

  4. basemonkey 12 months ago

    Overall this is a pretty good sign of pitching depth. Yeah, he’s been shaky, but honestly he’s still been productive. And give or take a good week or two, and suddenly he’s statistically pretty good again. It says something about the competition level when they have no choice but to remove a productive majorleague arm. This is light years away from where things were a few years ago,

  5. orangeoctober 12 months ago

    His BABIP has been like .489 or something insane in the last month or so. His ERA last month was around 11 and his FIP was around 3.4 I think

    • basemonkey 12 months ago

      Agreed. He hasn’t been pitching well the last month. But in other parts of the season, aside from O’Day or Britton, he was one of the brighter spots in the pen. If the Os didn’t get Miller, I think they would have kept Webb around and tried to ride his slump out. In general I think you always want to hold onto groundballers to pitch in Camden Yards.

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