By Jon Weisman
Today, the Dodgers acquired a Rule 4 competitive balance round B draft pick (No. 74 overall this June), right-handed reliever Ryan Webb and minor league catcher Brian Ward from the Orioles in exchange for catcher Chris O’Brien and pitcher Ben Rowen.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has more on the deal. The 29-year-old Webb had a 2.95 FIP with Baltimore last year and 37 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings against 63 baserunners. Ward had a .641 OPS in a season spent mostly at Triple-A Norfolk.
And now, to fill the rest of your off day, more notes …
- On your right, here’s the winner of the #MyDodgerStance contest, young Brandon Maynex, with his imitatee, Justin Turner. (Click to enlarge.)
- At the upcoming Jackie Robinson Day festivities April 15, Frank Robinson will receive a special award in recognition of the 40th anniversary of him becoming MLB’s first African-American manager, and he will also participate in that afternoon’s Baseball & Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion, along with Sharon Robinson, Billy Bean, Magic Johnson, labor leader and civil-rights activist Dolores Huerta, and UCLA Department of Urban Schooling doctoral student Brian Woodward.
- Rachel Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Don Newcombe and Joni Campanella will participate in the first-pitch ceremony.
- The day after Adrian Gonzalez hit three home runs, Gurnick caught up with the last Dodger to hit four: Shawn Green.
- Jayson Stark passed along a couple more Adrian Gonzalez tidbits at the start of his latest ESPN.com column.
- Mark Saxon offers a nice take on Gonzalez at ESPN Los Angeles.
- Jimmy Rollins reached third base in the eighth inning Wednesday on what was originally ruled an error. Today, the official scorer changed that to a triple.
- Don Mattingly explained to Gurnick what happened on the busted play Wednesday in which Jimmy Rollins didn’t advance to third and Yasiel Puig was caught off first.
- The revamped Dodger front office gets longform treatment in this piece by Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.
- Andre Ethier talked to J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News about trying to stay fresh.
- Along those lines: Two members of the Dodger bench, Alex Guerrero and Darwin Barney, are still waiting to make their first appearance of the season.
- Hoornstra also checked in with Brandon Beachy regarding his Tommy John rehab.
- Jim Callis of MLB.com put together a brief snapshot of where each of MLB.com’s top 30 Dodger prospects are beginning their seasons.
- The Dodgers are going on a three-game roadtrip, which is only 52 fewer than the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, reports The Associated Press.
- Speaking of travel, Ernest Reyes of Blue Heaven passes along this interesting letter from Duke Snider to Buzzie Bavasi about, well, let’s call it a misunderstanding regarding an offseason trip to Japan.
- The evolution of the baseball cap in society is detailed in this piece by Troy Patterson for the New York Times Magazine, and this franchise’s forerunners in Brooklyn play a role: “Around 1858, the Brooklyn Excelsiors introduced the progenitor of the modern baseball cap, with its round crown and brief brim indebted to the jockey’s headgear.”
- Babe Ruth told his life story to United News in 1920, when he was 25. John Thorn has been running the serialized series at Our Game.
- Adrian Cardenas, who had a cup of coffee in the Majors in 2012, wrote a worthwhile story about baseball and mental health for the New Yorker.
- Last but absolutely not least …