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.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.