The Tampa Bay Rays announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb to a one-year major league contract. Webb will earn at least $1 million on the deal, but can earn more through incentives. The righty turned 30-years-old earlier this month, and holds a career 3.35 ERA in 376 innings, all coming in relief. He has appeared in 357 games, splitting his time between the San Diego Padres, the Miami Marlins, the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians.
In 2015 with the Indians, Webb pitched to a 3.20 ERA over 50.2 innings, posting a 5.51 K/9 and a 2.13 BB/9. Webb has been a ground ball pitcher his entire career and the trend continued last season, as he induced 59.2 percent ground ball rate. He’s been an effective reliever his whole career, albeit without the flashy strikeout numbers to make him a household name. He’ll fill a need in the Rays bullpen in 2016. Beyond closer Brad Boxberger, the Rays pen seems light on late-game experience. Webb can pitch in middle relief or can work as a setup man. His role for 2016 will presumably be determined based on the progression of other pitchers in the bullpen.