Dodgers acquire reliever Webb in trade with O's

Dodgers acquire reliever Webb in trade with O's

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers acknowledged their bullpen issues on Thursday by acquiring Orioles right-handed reliever Ryan Webb, Minor League catcher Brian Ward and Baltimore's competitive balance Draft pick, No. 74 overall.

In return, the Dodgers will send pitcher Ben Rowen and catcher Chris O'Brien to the O's. Both players have been assigned to Double-A by the Dodgers. Rowen is coming off thoracic outlet surgery to remove a rib, performed last year.

Webb, 29, was designated for assignment by the Orioles two days ago. He has averaged 57 appearances over the last five seasons with the O's, Marlins and Padres and has a 3.38 career ERA. The Dodgers will pay Webb's $2.75 million salary.

Despite multiple offseason signings of reclamation projects, the Dodgers are in need of relief with injuries to closer Kenley Jansen and Brandon League. Jansen is not expected back until mid-May after foot surgery, while League is shut down indefinitely with a shoulder impingement.

Chris Hatcher and Joel Peralta have saved the Dodgers' two wins this week. Webb has no Major League saves.

Ward, 29, provides Minor League catching depth.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.