Relief Rumors: Ohman, Durbin, Mariners

By now you've heard that the White Sox and Yankees are probably not going to pursue Rafael Soriano. But you've come to the right place if you're looking to hear the latest on all the other free agent relievers out there. Here are today's updates…

  • Will Ohman is deciding between three American League teams, according to Jon Heyman of (on Twitter). The Rays, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Tigers could all use left-handed relief out of the 'pen, so I would not personally be surprised to see Ohman join any of those clubs.
  • Chad Durbin is still talking to the Phillies and others, according to Heyman (on Twitter). The sides exchanged offers earlier this week.
  • The Mariners could use some relief help, but GM Jack Zduriencik doesn't expect to have much payroll flexibility. He told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that he'll have to be creative if he makes any additions (Twitter link). That applies to the team in general, not just the 'pen.

12 Responses to Relief Rumors: Ohman, Durbin, Mariners Leave a Reply

  1. Threat_Level_RedSox 5 years ago

    I cant be the only person who thinks Will O-man should stay out of the AL East

  2. Ohman wouldn’t make sense for the BoSox. They’ve already resigned Okajima and they have Dubront, Rich Hill, and Andrew Miller as options for a second lefty.

    Plus, I happen to agree with Steven above that Ohman should stay away from the AL East.

    • Threat_Level_RedSox 5 years ago

      Not to mention his WHIP of 1.60 for the orioles last season. He did manage a 3.30 ERA, but thats as close as you can walk the line in the AL east as a lefty specialest.

  3. myname_989 5 years ago

    I wonder who else is talking to Durbin, and what they’re offering him. The only team I’ve seen with serious interest is the Phillies, at this point. If the Phillies can sign Durbin for something between $2 – 2.5 million, I think they’ll have made what appears to be a very weak bullpen into a great strength. Lidge / Madson / Contreras / Romero / Durbin is actually pretty impressive.

    • Gumby65 5 years ago

      One wonders if the Phillies need ANYONE from their bullpen 4 out of every five days anyway.

      • myname_989 5 years ago

        After having watched the Phillies last season, I know that depth is a good thing, and can never be a bad thing. Haha. Would be nice to only needs those guys to throw seven innings a start instead of forcing Halladay to throw nine every outing because of a shaky bullpen, and a sort of bullpen rotation between those guys would make sense. Definitely get the point though. Haha.

  4. Threat_Level_RedSox 5 years ago

    Of Course they will, you cant expect Halladay, Lee, Oswalt or even Hamels to pat them selves on the back now can we.

  5. Fangaffes 5 years ago

    I think the Red Sox will stick with what they have unless someone REALLY compelling comes along. Ohman is not it.

  6. $3081341 5 years ago

    He did mention the Tigers.

  7. baseballdude 5 years ago

    i think ohman is going to the tigers

  8. Diehard Philsphan 5 years ago

    White Sox anyone?

  9. Can someone not named the Phillies hurry up and sign Chad Durbin? Don’t the Royals want Durbin back? Please. So sick of poo dribbling down his Rawlings in tight games.

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