Dodgers acquire reliever Ryan Webb in trade with Orioles

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After being designated for assignment by the Orioles earlier this week, reliever Ryan Webb was dealt to the Dodgers today in a four-player trade.

Webb was sent to Los Angeles along with minor league catcher Brian Ward and a competitive balance pick (No. 74 overall in this year’s draft). Meanwhile, right-hander Ben Rowen and minor league catcher Chris O’Brien were sent to Baltimore.

The Dodgers will cover Webb’s $2.75 million salary for this season. The 29-year-old had a 3.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings in 2014 and is useful depth to have around for a bullpen which has been in some flux due to injuries.

Rowen, who is coming off thoracic outlet surgery, made his major league debut with the Rangers last season and owns a 1.72 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 over five seasons in the majors. The 26-year-old sidearmer has been compared to Darren O’Day, so you can understand why the Orioles would like him.