Tribe signs reliever Webb to Minor League deal

Tribe signs reliever Webb to Minor League deal

CLEVELAND -- The Indians are only six games into the regular season, and the club's bullpen depth has already been put to the test. Cleveland added another layer of insurance on Monday by signing right-hander Ryan Webb to a Minor League contract.

Webb -- assigned to Triple-A Columbus -- was released earlier on Monday by the Dodgers, who acquired him from Baltimore via trade on Thursday. Los Angeles acquired a Competetive Balance Round B pick (74th overall) in this year's First-Year Player Draft as part of the four-player deal with Baltimore and is on the hook for the entirety of Webb's $2.75 million salary for 2015.

Over the past two seasons combined, the 29-year-old Webb has turned in a 3.26 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 117 games (129 2/3 innings) between the Marlins and Orioles. In that span, the righty also had a 118 ERA+, which means his overall performance was 18 percent better than league average. Webb turned in a 3.83 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 51 games (49 1/3 innings) for Baltimore in 2014.

In parts of six Major League seasons, Webb has gone 16-18 with a 3.38 ERA in 317 appearances between stints with the Padres, Marlins and Orioles.

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