Orioles agree to 2-year deal with reliever Ryan Webb

Sinkerballer was 2-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 66 games last year for the Miami Marlins

  • Ryan Webb has been an effective reliever for the Miami Marlins.
Ryan Webb has been an effective reliever for the Miami Marlins. (Charles LeClaire, USA Today…)
December 06, 2013|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles have added another reliever to the roster, agreeing to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with right-hander Ryan Webb, according to an industry source.

Webb, 27, is scheduled for a physical early next week and the deal will become official once he passes the examination.

A 6-foot-6, 250-pound sinkerballer, Webb was 2-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 66 games last year for the Miami Marlins, who did not tender him a contract last week.

An industry source said Webb, a Clearwater, Fla., native, had multiple two-year deals before agreeing with the Orioles.

A fourth-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2004, Webb is 13-15 with a 3.29 ERA in 276 innings in parts of five seasons in the majors with the Marlins and San Diego Padres.

Webb is not currently considered an option to close for the Orioles – he finished 19 games for the Marlins last season but had no saves and is 0-for-9 in save opportunities in his career. He pitched mainly in the sixth through eighth innings last year.

However, Webb, like recently traded closer Jim Johnson, has a heavy sinker, rarely gives up home runs (13 in 276 innings pitched) and has an impressive groundball-to-flyball ratio in his career (1.35, compared to league average of 0.81).

The Orioles are also expected to announce the signing of outfielder Francisco Peguero to a one-year deal today. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter, who played in 35 games with the San Francisco Giants over the past two seasons, is in Baltimore for a physical today.

When the signings become official, the Orioles will have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

Jonah Keri of Grantland.com first reported the signing of Webb.

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