Webb reportedly clears waivers, Paredes likely heading to DL

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With the Orioles needing to finalize their 25-man roster for the start of the 2015 season by Sunday, two more outcomes became evident on Friday afternoon.

According to The Sun, right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb has passed through waivers, which will likely lead to his departure from the organization. Meanwhile, the red-hot Jimmy Paredes is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his lower back while lifting weights earlier this week.

Out of minor-league options and owed $2.75 million, Webb cannot be sent to Triple-A Norfolk without his consent and is still guaranteed his salary if he refuses to go to the minors. This means the Orioles will likely need to decide to either make room for him on the 25-man roster or to part ways with the 29-year-old while still paying him his money.

Asked about the matter on MASN Friday, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette would not expand on Webb’s future with the organization.

“Waivers are [supposed to be] confidential,” Duquette said. “Ryan Webb is still on our roster.”

Signed to a two-year, $4.5 million contract two offseasons ago, Webb pitched to a 3.83 ERA last season before he became the odd man out when the Orioles acquired lefty reliever Andrew Miller in late July. Webb hasn’t helped his cause this spring by pitching to a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

News of Paredes’ injury is disappointing after the switch-hitting infielder batted .364 with 10 extra-base hits, 12 RBIs, and a 1.005 on-base plus slugging percentage this spring. With shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder David Lough also expected to begin the season on the DL, Paredes was expected to make the roster out of spring training.

The Paredes injury may open the door for outfielder Nolan Reimold to make the club after being a non-roster invitee. The 31-year-old has hit two home runs and posted a .928 OPS this spring.

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  1. dan duquette failed to accurately evaluate pitchers in boston, causing an unnecessary delay in the team’s development as a championship club. He’s not learned from his mistakes, as the handling of ryan webb indicates his and showalter’s lack of knowledge and utilization of a major league pitching staff.

    simply, as a lifelong observer/student of baseball & it’s intricacies, i can’t for the life of me, see how this organization doesn’t value the versatility, durability, toughness & team loyalty of webb. 2.7 mill is chump change for a quality relief pitcher of webb’s caliber, so there’s an arcane, inane institutional rift at work here, that’s preventing these baseball cavemen, posing as management from using webb to the benefit of a team on the verge of winning it all.

    the inserted wedges by messrs. duquette/showalter must be removed; otherwise this team will reprise what other clubs these two have managed have wound up doing; grabbing defeat out of the jaws of victory. these guys use dog houses, intimidation, fear tactics, talk out of both sides of the mouth and comisky-esqe levels of elitist ego to destroy every team they manage.

    i’m a long time oriole fan. if webb were on the playoff roster last fall, i’m reasonably sure the team’s fate would’ve been different. webb is a bonafide late inning stopper and absolutely should be a routine critical setup for the closer. why go on & on here; anyone; who follows the game already knows i’m making all the sense in the world. history is repeating itself as it pertains to buck, dan & pete. webb is gonna wind up with a club who knows how to manage a staff and b’more fans will be left holding the bag, again.

    (L.J. — This is a pretty good bit here.)

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