The Milwaukee Brewers twitter account is reporting that the San Diego Padres have claimed relief pitcher Tyler Webb off of waivers. Webb was designated for assignment on April 7 to make room on the roster for J.J. Hoover. Hoover only made one appearance with the team before being designated for assignment himself.
LHP Tyler Webb, who was designated for assignment by Milwaukee on April 7, has been claimed off waivers by San Diego.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 14, 2018
Tyler Webb was acquired last year when the Brewers swapped Garrett Cooper with the New York Yankees for the reliever. The Yankees have since sent Cooper to the Miami Marlins with Caleb Smith for $250,000 in international money and right-hander Michael King. Cooper is currently on the 60-day DL with the Marlins following a wrist injury.
In his short stint as a Brewers, Webb had little to no success with the team. He made two appearances last year, most notably allowing a grand slam to the Phillies that would cost the Crew their lead. The relief pitcher spent most of his time with the organization at AAA Colorado Springs where the results weren’t much better. In 17 appearances, Webb pitched 16.2 innings and allowed 12 runs. He did manage a 3.95 DRA and 75 DRA- according to Baseball Prospectus, but even those numbers aren’t ideal for a relief pitcher.
Webb will turn 28 in July and has minor league options remaining. I’m sure the Padres believe that in minimal relief appearances inside a pitching-friendly environment, he may have more success.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball Prospectus.