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"


4 years 6 months ago

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

ubercubsfan
4 years 6 months ago

Apparently not the Cubs in 2010…

wkkortas
4 years 6 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.

BLZR
4 years 6 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.

4 years 6 months ago

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

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 6 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.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 6 months ago

Because he also has that degree from Princeton.

piratesbaseball46
4 years 6 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!

55saveslives
4 years 6 months ago

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

piratesbaseball46
4 years 6 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

John Walters
4 years 6 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.

JB3
4 years 6 months ago

What about the other $100K?

John Walters
4 years 6 months ago

Tip jar.

goner
4 years 6 months ago

Lots of cheap laughs here. 😡 😡 😡

monkeyspanked
4 years 6 months ago

Well if Jeff Mathis has a MLB job, anyone should be able to beat arbitration…

optionn
4 years 6 months ago

How do you win 1 game all year and win a battle over salary afterwards?

Todd Smith
4 years 6 months ago

Because you don’t judge a pitcher solely on wins and losses. I was at a game last year when Ohlendorf pitched in Houston. He pitched 7 shutout innings, but didn’t get a win. Does that mean he pitched a bad game?

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 6 months ago

I really hope Weaver and the Angels come to a long-term agreement before entering the room for the arbitration hearing. He doesn’t have a whole lot going against him. I don’t know that he’s worth $20MM per like some on here have suggested, but 6 years/$102MM sounds pretty fair.

Josh Hamilton seems like a no-brainer to lock up. Fort Knox doesn’t have as much security or precautions surrounding it as Hamilton does. If he relapsed I’d be pretty surprised. Between his Born Again religiousness, the sober coaches, his wife and a love of baseball, I think he’s safe. 6 years/$120MM.

As for Bautista- what a cluster-fudge. They could be safe, give him one year and risk letting the new king of power hitters walk. They could lock him to something of market value, fair to him, but risk him being a fluke, they could sign him to something long term and team friendly, watch him be consistent and then he will feel screwed out of a good portion of potential earnings. No matter what the outcome of Bautista’s salary issues, somebody is going to lose!

hardwired7
4 years 6 months ago

Congratulations. Your reward? You get to play for the Pirates.

4 years 6 months ago

Pirates can’t even win an arbitration hearing let alone a MLB game.
FAIL

rayking
4 years 6 months ago

Clearly Joe Morgan wasn’t the arbiter. One win?! Joe Morgan: “Wins and losses are how you measure pitchers” (Baseball For Dummies, p. 289)

msr71
4 years 6 months ago

Why don’t all you trolls stick to the yankees and red sox stories? Keep the negativity to yourself. Keep your heads up pirate fans, things are lookin up they can’t get much worse. Stay classy Pittsburgh!!!!!!!!!!

ATL_Mindset
4 years 6 months ago

“Ross Ohlendorf won just one game last year, but it didn’t take long for him to pick up his first victory of 2011.” NICE, LOL!!!

rockfordone
4 years 6 months ago

Ross enjoy this year – its your last with the pirates at that salary – should have got a two-year at 1.4 and 1.6. Not smart Good-bye

4 years 6 months ago

He gets a higher salary this year AND a chance to not play for the Bucco’s next year? Goodbye indeed.

Slopeboy
4 years 6 months ago

That was the plan all along.Would it really be that terriblefor him if the Pirates traded him away?

eugene tober
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe in a package with Doumit. The only way the Bucs are going to get a decrnt return.

JB3
4 years 6 months ago

Really? He should only get a $200K raise after 2011? And that’s working off of a salary for this year where he loses the arb hearing? This is why the Pirates can’t have a winning season.

4 years 6 months ago

ha

$1742854
4 years 6 months ago

I wish I could totally suck at my job and then get a raise.

AmericanMovieFan
4 years 6 months ago

I was speaking more towards his newfound faith helping him with sobriety…I’m an agnostic and wasn’t raised Christian so I’m not down with the faith, but if it helps him, so be it.

East Coast Bias
4 years 6 months ago

Too bad this is a sports website, because you and I would actually agree on something if it was a political one.