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Report: White Sox agree to two-year, $4 million deal with Will Ohman

Jan 8, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

Will Ohman throwing

UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the White Sox have signed Ohman to a two-year, $4 million contract, pending a physical.

Friday, 7:10 PM: Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted earlier this afternoon that reliever Will Ohman had narrowed his choice to three teams. We’re beginning to piece this thing together.

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are not one of the three finalists mentioned by Heyman. Meanwhile, a source tells him that the White Sox are considered the favorites to sign him. Ohman is reportedly “close” to making a decision, but a deal is not yet completed.

Ohman, 33, posted a 3.21 ERA and 43/23 K/BB ratio over 42 innings between the Orioles and Marlins last season. Largely used as a LOOGY-type during his career, he held left-handed batters to a meager .229/.323/.313 batting line and 636 OPS over 99 plate appearances in 2010.

This wouldn’t be a significant signing on the surface, but the addition of Ohman, another left-hander, could mean that the White Sox would push Matt Thornton to the closer role, bumping Chris Sale to the starting rotation. Just speculation for now, but it’s at least something to ponder on a slow Friday.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Whereas, of course, the Feesh gave away the shop trying to build themselves a creditable boolpen this offseason. No point in re-signing Ohman, was there? They had bullpen talent to burn last season – witness the colorful series of self-immolations the staff performed. Dear Buddha, what did they do with all our monks?

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