Ohlendorf Beats Pirates In Arbitration Hearing

Ross Ohlendorf won just one game last year, but it didn't take him long to pick up his first victory of 2011. The right-hander beat the Pirates in arbitration, MLBTR has learned. Ohlendorf will earn $2.025MM instead of the $1.4MM salary the Pirates had offered.

Ohlendorf, a super two player, posted a 4.07 ERA with 6.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 to go along with his 1-11 record last year. The 28-year-old has a 4.40 ERA in 354 big league innings with the Pirates and Yankees. He set himself up for higher future salaries by beating the Pirates, who have now come to terms with all of their arbitration eligible players.

As MLBTR's Arb Tracker shows, 12 arbitration eligible players, including Josh Hamilton and Jose Bautista, remain unsigned. Jered Weaver's hearing with the Angels is today.


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32 Comments on "Ohlendorf Beats Pirates In Arbitration Hearing"


Guest
4 years 4 months ago

No surprise here. Doesn’t everyone beat the Pirates?

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ubercubsfan
4 years 4 months ago

Apparently not the Cubs in 2010…

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wkkortas
4 years 4 months ago

I’m sure the Pirates had their reasons to go all the way to an arbitration hearing with Ohlendorf, though what those reasons might be escape me. Even with the Bucs, Ohlendorf is a guy who can give you 175-200 innings and win 12 games. At two million, that’s a bargain.

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BLZR
4 years 4 months ago

He’s made it to 175 innings twice in his career including the minor leagues. He only threw 108 in 2010 and spent 69 days on the DL. Fangraphs has him averaging 1.0 WAR over the last 2 years. This is his first arb year as a Super Two and he only has 55 MLB starts. $2 million seems like the right number more than a bargain.

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4 years 4 months ago

They did have a reason. As WonderboyRooney10 so eloquently put it, they’re “cheap pricks”.

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Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 4 months ago

No. The Pirates were concerned that his aformentioned injuries would damage his potential to return to form. Remember, we was hit in the head by a line drive last year.

I concure he is worth well for $2 million dollars.

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Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 4 months ago

Because he also has that degree from Princeton.

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piratesbaseball46
4 years 4 months ago

Ohlendorf is easily worth 5 million if he didnt have some unfortunate injuries, im happy he won his arbitration case, and lets hope he puts together a strong season! GO PIRATES!

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55saveslives
4 years 4 months ago

HAHA…after the verdict, he should have flipped them off and walked out!

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piratesbaseball46
4 years 4 months ago

the team is always going to offer less than the player is asking for, i thought both the asking salary and offer were reasonable given the possibility that he could put up numbers like that again next year, however this guy is good and i fully expect him to pitch like a league #2 starter for 2011

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John Walters
4 years 4 months ago

More detail on the arbitrator’s ruling: $1.4M is for playing baseball. The other $525K is for emotional damages, because he has to suit up for the Pirates.

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JB3
4 years 4 months ago

What about the other $100K?

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John Walters
4 years 4 months ago

Tip jar.