Ross Ohlendorf Rumors

Rangers Sign Ross Ohlendorf, Robert Coello

The Rangers announced today that they’ve re-signed right-hander Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league contract. Additionally, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeted yesterday that the team has a minor league deal with righty Robert Coello.

Ohlendorf, 32, has logged 7 2/3 innings with the Rangers this season but was designated for assignment and briefly elected free agency before re-signing a new contract with Texas. He’ll head to Triple-A Round Rock, where he posted a 3.60 ERA with 28 strikeouts against nine walks in 25 innings of relief earlier this season. Ohlendorf has 509 1/3 innings under his belt at the big league level, having pitched to a 4.86 ERA with 6.5 K/9 against 3.3 BB/9.

Coello, 30, has seen big league action in parts of three seasons with a 5.90 ERA to show for his efforts. He’s struck out 39 batters and issued 17 walks in 29 big league frames, with sabermetric stats like FIP (3.58) and xFIP (4.02) painting a much more optimistic picture than ERA. The New Jersey native opted out of a minor league deal with the Giants back in early June but hasn’t pitched since, so he’ll head to Arizona to get caught up to speed before joining a minor league affiliate (presumably Triple-A), per Wilson.

Rangers Designate Ross Ohlendorf For Assignment

Right-hander Ross Ohlendorf has been designated for assignment by the Rangers, according to the team’s executive vice president of communications, John Blake (on Twitter). The move clears room for righty Phil Klein to come up from Triple-A Round Rock.

The veteran Ohlendorf logged 7 2/3 innings for Texas this season, striking out nine and walking four (one intentional) while allowing three earned runs. It was his first big league action since 2013, but Ohlendorf has a relatively lengthy track record in the Majors. He’s spent parts of eight seasons with the Pirates, Yankees, Padres, Nationals and Rangers in the Majors, totaling 509 1/3 innings of 4.86 ERA to go along with 6.5 K/9 against 3.3 BB/9. He could serve as a depth piece for another club, and if he clears outright waivers, he’d have the option to decline in favor of free agency.

Nationals Outright Ross Ohlendorf, Who Elects Free Agency

The Nationals have outrighted right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, the club announced. Ohlendorf has elected free agency.

Today’s move was precipitated by Ohlendorf’s activation from the 60-day DL, where he had resided all year. An early-year back strain ultimately sidelined Ohlendorf for much of the year (including time missed after a re-aggravation), though he did throw 15 minor league rehab innings.

Ohlendorf was a pleasant surprise last year for the Nationals, throwing 60 1/3 frames of 3.28 ERA ball after signing a minor league deal. That included seven starts and nine relief appearances, over which he struck out 6.7 and walked 2.1 per nine.

After that solid effort, Ohlendorf was retained on a $1.25MM arbitration deal (including $3MM in incentives). If he can show that he can maintain the velocity increase that fueled his success last year, it stands to reason that Ohlendorf will receive plenty of interest from teams looking for someone to compete in camp on a minor league deal.

Players To Avoid Arbitration

With tonight’s non-tender deadline looming, several players figure to not only be tendered contracts but agree to their 2014 salaries prior to 11pm CT. We’ll run down the players to avoid arbitration with their respective clubs in this post, and remember that you can track the progress on all arbitration eligible players by using MLBTR’s 2014 Arbitration Tracker. For a reminder on the projected salaries for each of these players, check out Matt Swartz’s projections in MLBTR’s Arbitration Eligibles series.

  • The Nationals announced they’ve avoided arbitration with righty Ross Ohlendorf, tweets Dan Kolko of Ohlendorf’s deal will guarantee him $1.25MM and can reach $3MM via incentives that can be achieved as a starter or reliever, per the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore.
  • The Cubs have avoided arbitration with utility infielder Donnie Murphy, reports Jesse Rogers of (via Twitter), agreeing to a one-year, $825K pact that includes incentives.
  • The Orioles have avoided arbitration with outfielder Steve Pearce for $850K, tweets Rosenthal.
  • The Padres have reached terms with pitcher Eric Stults on a $2.75MM deal to avoid arbitration, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. He had been projected by Swartz to earn $3MM through arbitration. Unlike most arbitration deals, tweets Rosenthal, this one will be guaranteed.  Also getting a guaranteed deal from the Padres, per Rosenthal, is righty Tim Stauffer at $1.6MM.
  • The White Sox have avoided arbitration with catcher Tyler Flowers with a $950k contract, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
  • The Athletics have avoided arbitration with righty Fernando Rodriguez, tweets Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Rodriguez, who is represented by Metis Sports Management, LLC, will earn $600K plus award bonuses, MLBTR has learned.  The A’s will tender contracts to its remaining arb-eligible players, Slusser notes via Twitter.
  • The Indians have avoided arbitration with relievers Frank Herrmann and Blake Wood, the club announced. Each player will earn $560k, tweets Jordan Bastian of, which falls below their respective projections from MLBTR’s Matt Swartz.
  • Newly-acquired catcher George Kottaras has reached agreement on a one-year, $1.075MM deal to avoid arbitration with the Cubs, tweets Jon Heyman of The contract includes incentives, according to Heyman. A left-handed batter, Kottaras managed only a .180 batting average last year, but got on base at a .349 clip in addition to posting a .370 slugging mark in his 126 plate appearances.
  • The Orioles have avoided arbitration with outfielder Nolan Reimold, sources tell Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (link to Twitter). The 30-year-old will get a one-year, $1.025MM deal that includes incentives. Reimold lost most of the last two seasons to injury, but has a career .252/.327/.439 slash in 1,056 plate appearances dating back to 2009. His salary will be guaranteed, tweets Connolly.
  • The Phillies have avoided arbitration with infielder Kevin Frandsen, the club announced. Frandsen will receive a one-year, $900k deal that includes performance incentives. Last year, Frandsen had a .234/.296/.341 slash line in 278 plate appearances. The deal is guaranteed, Rosenthal tweets.
  • The Braves announced that they have avoided arbitration with infielder Ramiro Pena and left-hander Jonny Venters (Twitter link). Pena, 28, batted a solid .278/.330/.443 in 107 PAs this season before shoulder surgery ended his season. Venters’ contract was first reported two weeks ago and is said to be worth $1.625MM.
  •’s Jason Beck tweets that the Tigers have avoided arbitration with Don Kelly by agreeing to a one-year, $1MM contract for 2014. Kelly will turn 34 in February and batted .222/.309/.343 in 2013 — all numbers that are nearly mirrored by his career .229/.290/.344 batting line. He is represented by LSW Baseball.
  • The Pirates have avoided arbitration with Chris Stewart, according to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal (on Twitter). Barbarisi reports that the trade sending Stewart to Pittsburgh was actually in place on Friday but was also contingent on Stewart agreeing to a new contract with the Pirates. Stewart, a client of James A. Kuzmich, PLLC, agreed to his new contract today, thereby finalizing the trade. He projected to earn $1MM, per Swartz.

NL East Notes: Rodriguez, Young, Stanton

MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner told reporters yesterday that he wants to see the Mets follow through on their stated intention of spending more aggressively. "I think everybody would like to see the Mets as a competitive team, and it's going to require a higher payroll,” Weiner said. Here are more NL East-related notes…

  • It doesn't appear likely that the Mets will consider Francisco Rodriguez, Adam Rubin of reports (on Twitter). They had some interest in a reunion with the free agent right-hander earlier in the winter.
  • GM Mike Rizzo implied that right-hander Chris Young has an out-clause in his minor league deal with the Nationals, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports (on Twitter). It appears that the Nationals need Young’s permission to assign him to Triple-A. Ross Ohlendorf doesn’t have an opt-out, Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports (on Twitter).
  • Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton told Yahoo's Jeff Passan that he tries not to concern himself with his team's recent change in direction. "What are you gonna do?" Stanton said. "Honestly, what? There's nothing you can do. You express your feelings, and that's about it."
  • Another Marlins outfielder, Juan Pierre, told MLBTR correspondent B.J. Rains that he’s pleased to be returning to the Marlins, even as fans express frustration over the team’s offseason moves.

Nationals Sign Ross Ohlendorf

The Nationals signed right-hander Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league contract, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports (on Twitter). Williams & Connolly represents Ohlendorf.

The 30-year-old pitched 48 2/3 innings for the 2012 Padres, but posted a 7.77 ERA. He started nine games for San Diego and appeared in four more as a reliever, posting 7.2 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. Ohlendorf was a fixture in the Pirates' rotation from 2009-10, but Pittsburgh released him in December of 2011.

Minor Moves: Slaten, Ohlendorf, Conrad

We'll keep track of today's minor moves in this post..

  • Pirates left-hander Doug Slaten, Padres right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, and Rays third baseman Brooks Conrad are free agents after recent outright assignments, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter).  Slaten appeared in ten major league games for Pittsburgh while posting a 2.11 ERA with 5.1 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 40 relief appearances in Triple-A.  Ohlendorf had a 7.77 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 24 walks in nine starts and four relief appearances for the Padres over the summer.  Conrad saw time in 49 games for the Rays and Brewers in 2012.

Outrighted: Ohlendorf, Rodriguez, Chavez, Correa

The latest outright assignments from around MLB…

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.

Padres DFA Ohlendorf, Rodriguez

The Padres announced that they have designated pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and catcher Eddy Rodriguez for assignment.  The moves will allow the club to recall right-hander Brad Boxberger and infielder/outfielder Andy Parrino from Triple-A.

San Diego signed Ohlendorf to a major league deal in early June.  The 30-year-old made nine starts and four relief appearances for the Padres this year, posting a 7.77 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 24 walks across 48.2 innings.  Ohlendorf was then optioned to Triple-A Tucson on August 18th.

Rodriguez, 26, appeared in two big league games for the Padres in early August.  The catcher split time between Advanced-A and Triple-A and hit .217/.264/.373 with 14 homers in 101 games.

The Red Sox inked Ohlendorf to a minor league deal back in February but he chose to opt out of the deal on June 2nd.  In his 13 combined 2012 Triple-A starts, Ohlendorf posted a 4.52 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

Padres Sign Ross Ohlendorf

The Padres signed Ross Ohlendorf to a Major League contract, the team announced. As expected, the Padres designated right-hander Matt Palmer for assignment in a corresponding move.

Ohlendorf opted out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox over the weekend and became a free agent. The 29-year-old had a 4.61 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 52 2/3 innings over the course of ten starts for Boston's Triple-A affiliate before obtaining his release. He started 50 games for the Pirates from 2009-10, but Pittsburgh non-tendered him following the 2011 season.