Ryan Webb designated for assignment by the Orioles, owed $2.75 million

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Right-hander Ryan Webb is under contract for $2.75 million this season as part of a two-year, $4.5 million deal signed last winter, but the Orioles have dropped the 29-year-old reliever from the 40-man roster by designating him for assignment.

Webb pitched decently in a middle relief role last season, throwing 49 innings with a 3.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio, and he’s got a 3.38 career ERA in 325 total innings.

His salary isn’t outrageous for a useful veteran reliever, but at this point in the year it’s tough to imagine any teams claiming him off waivers to take on that money. He could stay with the Orioles at Triple-A.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.