LOS ANGELES -- New Dodgers relief pitcher isn't quite a Dodgers relief pitcher just yet, at least not in Los Angeles. a Ryan Webb, acquired via trade from the Orioles on Thursday, was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, and has accepted the assignment.
Webb was designated for assignment by Baltimore on Monday and, before he was traded, told the Orioles he would not accept an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk.
"That's already been taken care of," Webb said Monday, per Roch Kubatko of MASN. "I will not accept assignment."
Webb, 29, was 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA and 2.95 FIP in 51 games for Baltimore in 2014, with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 49⅓ innings. With five years, 11 days of service time, Webb had the right to decline a minor league assignment but chose to accept a stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City that he likely expects to be temporary.
The Dodgers are responsible for all but four days of Webb's $2.75 million salary this season. He represents the kind of expensive depth the Dodgers have been able to add to its minors rosters, whether on or off the 40-man roster. Webb joins outfielder Chris Heisey ($2.16 million) in Triple-A, while Erisbel Arruebarrena ($3 million) remains in extended spring training back at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
With Webb now off, the Dodgers have 39 players on the 40-man roster. Though that could change as early as Tuesday if Scott Baker or David Huff get the call to start for the Dodgers in the first game they need a fifth starter this season.