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The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing today

Feb 8, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

Ross Ohlendorf

The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing earlier today, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This is significant because it was the first arbitration hearing of the year in MLB.

Ohlendorf became arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a “Super Two.” He filed for $2.025 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 28-year-old right-hander went 1-11 with a 4.09 ERA over 21 starts last season and served separate stints on the disabled list due to injuries to his shoulder and back.

The three-person panel of arbitrators will choose one salary or the other and are expected to announce a decision tomorrow. Ohlendorf’s injuries and unlucky win-loss record aren’t going to help his cause, but it’s no stretch to say that the Princeton graduate probably made a pretty good case for himself.

  1. heyzeus143 - Feb 8, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    18 and counting….Alvarez on the block yet?

  2. spudchukar - Feb 8, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    That is what I was thinking D.J.. He may be the first player to go to arbitration and come out of it with more than management offered. Toss a little String Theory, Holographic Universe, and and Plasmonic Electron Displacement and he may be able to convince them that in his parallel universe $2.02 mil is really $3.04 mil and options take on an infinite sustainability.

    • D.J. Short - Feb 8, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      HA. Nicely done.

  3. Tapps - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    In fact, his thesis at Princeton was pretty ridiculous, and baseball related. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=kurkjian_tim&id=4230662

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