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Ex-Orioles reliever Ryan Webb signs with Indians

Ex-Orioles reliever Ryan Webb signs with Indians
Ex-Orioles reliever Ryan Webb signed with the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

Ryan Webb's crazy ride might have ended. The right-handed reliever signed a minor-league deal with the Cleveland Indians, the club announced Monday.

The Orioles designated him for assignment the previous Monday and then dealt him to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday along with minor league catcher Brian Ward and a competitive balance pick. In return, the Orioles received minor league catcher Chris O'Brien and pitcher Ben Rowen.

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The Dodgers then passed Webb through waivers – the Orioles had put him through outright waivers before the trade – and attempted to outright him to Triple-A. But because of his service time and contractual situation, Webb could elect free agency and still keep the $2.75 million he is owed in 2015.

He did, and is now with the Indians' organization – assigned to Triple-A Columbus. The Dodgers are on the hook for the full amount – at least until Webb is promoted to the Indians. Then Cleveland will pay the prorated version of the $507,500 minimum to Webb, and that will come off the money owed by the Dodgers.

Regardless, the Dodgers are stuck with at least $2.25 million or more for a player that never threw a pitch for them. Why?

In essence, the Dodgers paid a couple million for the competitive balance pick, which is 74th overall next year. I guess if you have the money, use it. And they used it to get another draft pick.

Webb is a major league pitcher. He'll likely be with the Indians at some point this season, maybe sooner rather than later.

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