White Sox Agree To Sign Will Ohman

The White Sox and Will Ohman have agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced. The deal is worth $4MM total, reports SI.com's Jon Heyman (Twitter links). Ohman is represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

The 33-year-old Ohman spent most of the 2010 season with Baltimore before being traded to the Marlins. The lefty reliever held same-side batters to a .229/.323/.313 last year, but .208/.298/.348 over his entire career. He's strictly a lefty specialist, because righties have tagged him for a .264/.360/.400 batting line in his career. Ohman has a 4.09 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in a big league career that began back in 2000.

Ohman, who earned $1.35MM in 2010, joins Pedro Feliciano, Randy Choate, Scott Downs, and Hisanori Takahashi as lefty relievers who received multiyear deals this offseason. Chicago has already added Jesse Crain to their bullpen this offseason, and the addition of Ohman gives Ozzie Guillen a lefty for the middle innings. Matt Thornton will of course handle late game situations.

We heard that the ChiSox were favored to sign him on Friday, after we learned that three AL teams were the finalists for his services.


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  1. dc21892 4 years ago

    And on paper the White Sox look like the team to beat in the AL Central. Great moves by Kenny Williams & co. Ozzie has plenty of bullpen arms to turn to now, only question is… who’s the closer?

    • As of now it’s probably Thornton, unless the Sox find a way to sign Soriano, it’s probably going to stay this way.

      • dc21892 4 years ago

        Thornton seems like a good choice. Wonder how he will handle the role. From what i’ve seen of him, seems like he will embrace it.

      • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

        it sales…ajp you hav no cllue what ur talking about

      • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

        it sales…ajp you hav no cllue what ur talking about

      • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

        ya its gonna b sales…u have no clue wat ur talkin about dude

      • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

        ya its gonna b sales…u have no clue wat ur talkin about dude

    • I think that Thornton is too valuable in a set-up role… you do not take the best setup man in the league out of his rightful place. That is why I believe Ozzie will chose Sergio Santos as his closer during spring training. From what I hear he has the mental mindset to be a closer and he definitely has the arm.

      • dro03 4 years ago

        I wouldn’t mind Santos as closer or even Sale. I agree that Thornton has been one, if not the, best LH set up men in baseball for the past couple seasons now. I don’t want the Sox to take him out of that role just in case it throws him off. I also didn’t like what I saw in that Twins game last year when Thome hit the winning HR off him. Santos and Sale seem to have that young, closer’s mentality where they can come after hitters.

  2. baconslayer09 4 years ago

    If it’s not 2 years and $2-3 million, I’d call this a bad move by Kenny. Giving two guaranteed years to a freakin’ LOOGY is ridiculous.

    • fisk72 4 years ago

      Agree. Loogys are the 25th man on a 25 man roster.

      • 2yrs/4MM isn’t bad. Ohman’s pretty underrated. He’s a solid innings-eater/middle reliever.

        • ugen64 4 years ago

          he’s not at all an innings eater. the guy hasn’t averaged 1 IP / G since 2001. he’s just a 33 year old LOOGY with a mildly worrying injury history coming off one of the best years of his career.

          • Yeah I didn’t mean innings eater, I meant, mop-up man/middle reliever. Doing 5 things at once here. My bad.

          • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

            wat is a loogy..you ppl r clueless..speak english

          • Ferrariman 4 years ago

            you don’t follow baseball too closely do you? LOOGY is a pretty common phrase, means a person who is designated to get out only left handed batters(like Ohman).

          • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

            wat is a loogy..you ppl r clueless..speak english

        • fisk72 4 years ago

          He’s slightly better than the average bullpen journeyman but his OPS splits of .636LH/.842RH define his as a LOOGY IMHO. He is however a vast improvement over Randy Williams .890LH/1.083RH…………(audible shudder).

          • Jerry Mandering 4 years ago

            Massive upgrade over Randy. His stats have him barely above replacement level, probably due to his higher walk rate. Definitely not my first choice of those left, but he’s better than a Tim Byrdak type(who I heard them linked to) And btw this whole “LOOGY” nonsense is silly and stupid. Even if it stands for something, come up with something better friends. ffs. Someone explain the origin of this.

          • fisk72 4 years ago

            A quasi-acronym: Left-handed Outs Only GuY. “Situational lefthander” make you feel better?

          • A little. Exactly what he is. The acronym still disgusts me however.

          • lolpods 4 years ago

            this. ehh…i goddamn despise that garbage.

          • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

            nah useless acronym

          • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

            nah useless acronym

        • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

          ya hes not gonna eat innings but just pitch mainly against leftys

        • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

          ya hes not gonna eat innings but just pitch mainly against leftys

  3. tony kowalski 4 years ago

    the white sox closer going be Rafael Soriano

    • shysox 4 years ago

      No it’s not.

      • tony kowalski 4 years ago

        yes he is will where is Rafael Soriano going to sign?

        shysox

        • ImDaBaron 4 years ago

          Not at Chicago unless he’ll take a million a year

      • coolstorybro222 4 years ago

        unless they trade away some high priced players, THEY ARE NOT GETTING HIM> but its the white sox fans being their thickheaded spoiled selfs again.

    • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

      doubt it.. they dont hav the money but thanks for the useless comment

      • tony kowalski 4 years ago

        when kenny williams said there they was tapped out on money they went and sign jesse crain and if u leave the cake on the counter kenny williams going to bite in to it the yankees dont want Rafael Soriano where is he going go

    • chisoxchamps33 4 years ago

      doubt it.. they dont hav the money but thanks for the useless comment

  4. tony kowalski 4 years ago

    Rafael Soriano price going to drop alot and yankees dont want him so he go to white sox

    • The Yankees are just posturing so that they do not have to pay closer money for their setup man when they already have the most expensive closer in the league. The Yankees will eventually sign Soriano, it is just the game you have to play with Boras.

    • diesel2410 4 years ago

      The Rays will sign him if the price drops that much.

    • dkelly123 4 years ago

      dude you are sounding like Devin Hester trying to talk. Learn how to speak english and then come back on here.

  5. To me, signing this loogy makes it more likely that they are going to give Thornton a chance to pitch the 9th inning.

  6. Sale could also close as well.

  7. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    does anybody think its odd that the article said righties have tagged him for an average of 264 ,

    • FloridaBrave 4 years ago

      Yeah, I did. Those numbers against rhb combined (OPS) just marginally above major league average for all hitters. Just goes to show how specialized relief pitching has become, when a guy who gets righties out at nearly league-average clip is considered a lefty specialist only.

  8. lug 4 years ago

    Clearly this move is to move Sale to the starting rotation and trade Edwin Jackson. Use Jackson’s money to sign Soriano and then finish off the roster with signing Freddy Garcia for a long relief role and to spot start to keep Sale and others fresh…..Clearly :)

  9. I still think we get Soriano too.
    He’d give us the best bullpen hands down.

  10. tony kowalski 4 years ago

    how we get Rafael Soriano joe we have no money to sign him his price have to drop big time

    • His price is going to drop. Only teams that need a closer are the White Sox and angels.
      Hard to believe the angels are going to pay Soriano the money he wants so his price is obviously going to have to drop, even to take a 1 year deal and just retest free agency next year.

      • tony kowalski 4 years ago

        white sox need to trade a starter to get Rafael Soriano

  11. This Ohman signing completes the bullpen for the White Sox and officially shuts the door on Rafael Soriano. With his team options dwindling and Soriano’s agent being the dreaded (Boras), Soriano might be settling for a 1 yr contract well below what Boras was looking for 2 weeks ago.

    • this doesn’t shut the door at all
      If a piece of cake is sitting on the counter long enough, Kenny is going to eventually take a bite of that cake.

  12. evenyoudorn 4 years ago

    The problem with Ozzie and LOOGYs is that he’s got a bad habit of leaving them in against righties. Or, at least, he did that a lot with Randy Williams. I generally think Ozzie handles the staff well, but if we’re going to pay a guy knowing he can only get one type of batter, then see Ozzie run him out there like a competent reliever, we might as well just use a minor league arm like Infante (I mean, as long as someone’s going to get rocked, he should be making the minimum).

    • lolpods 4 years ago

      yep. is there anything ozzie does that’s useful to this team? i can’t think of anything concrete, except maybe putting 500 meatheads a year in the stands.

      • He does what Rex Ryan does for the Jets, he takes the attention and media pressure off the players.

  13. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    Oh MAN! Hopefully Thornton is ready for the closing job

  14. Mark P 4 years ago

    “Thornton of course will be the closer” – huh? Just last week it was reported that Sale was going to be closer heading into next season

    • tony kowalski 4 years ago

      no thornton for closer that not good hes not one pitch a fastball not good

      i want Rafael Soriano for white sox closer

    • tony kowalski 4 years ago

      no thornton for closer that not good hes got one pitch a fastball not good
      I want Rafael Soriano for white sox closer

      • Babawhitesox 4 years ago

        He has the best fastball in baseball. Read the Fangraphs article. He is THAT good.

      • coolstorybro222 4 years ago

        yeah give up your first rounder for a glorfied set up man. I mean there was a reason Cox used him and Gonzo because they were both inconsistent closers.

        • Sox have already lost their 1st rounder

        • tony kowalski 4 years ago

          He cant be worse hen bobby jenks Rafael Soriano

          • coolstorybro222 4 years ago

            I bet you guys will be scrambling to get him back when he goes on to good things

        • tony kowalski 4 years ago

          He cant be worse hen bobby jenks Rafael Soriano

  15. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    .264/.360/.400 is not even close to “tagging” him. The only concern is with the .360 obp which is a product of his control issues he has

    • Babawhitesox 4 years ago

      That line is a solid player over the course of the year, and you have to take into account he wouldn’t be left in for right handed superstars in many situations. So, I’d say it’s tagging him.

      • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

        I understand your point, but I would be curious to see what Ohman could do against righties with a larger sample

  16. Ooh. I hope that he gets to do his radio show in Chicago again. He was friggen hillarious!

  17. diesel2410 4 years ago

    Not a bad move for the Sox. Looks like they spent a little much for Ohman, but let’s see if he puts of the numbers he’s capable of.

  18. Jake Puls 4 years ago

    The sox have had a huge off season even if they have gone under the radar.

  19. Gumby65 4 years ago

    Oh Man, enjoy your over-pay-day.

    • lolpods 4 years ago

      per win last year he was worth something like 1.45m, so it’s a slight overpay in baseball salary terms if he puts up anything over 1 WAR.

  20. Retnan 4 years ago

    Eh, I’m not sure OH! MAN! (as in oh man he blew another lead) will work out.

  21. dro03 4 years ago

    I would also rather trade floyd, he has a higher ceiling but a lower floor and is far from consistent at age 28. Jackson has shown that he can be great on the Sox with Coop coaching him up. Don’t forget that trades will probably be made during the season, which would give Kenny time to figure out if Sale can be a good 5th starter or not. There are serious injury concerns with his delivery and size which must be taken into account.

  22. 0vercast 4 years ago

    That was in his 3rd inning of relief, a high inside fastball and not a bad one at that. It was Aug 17, my BDay and I was there, best game of the year.

  23. 0vercast 4 years ago

    That was in his 3rd inning of relief, a high inside fastball and not a bad one at that. It was Aug 17, my BDay and I was there, best game of the year.

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