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Pirates release arbitration eligible pitcher Ross Ohlendorf

Dec 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT


Ross Ohlendorf was arbitration eligible for the second time and would have earned around $2 million even after a miserable season, so the Pirates decided to release the right-hander.

Ohlendorf was much better than his 1-11 record in 2010, posting a 4.07 ERA in 108 innings, but his ERA ballooned to 8.15 ERA in 39 innings this year and he missed most of the season with shoulder and back injuries.

As a 29-year-old pitcher with a 4.77 career ERA in 393 innings Ohlendorf should be able to land a major-league deal elsewhere, assuming he’s healthy.

  1. presidentmiraflores - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    I’m gonna predict this will be the only comment on this post, considering the Pujols uproar that will consume HBT for the rest of the day. Mmmm, nice and quiet in here.

  2. rambodiaz - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    It’s humorous to me that this post is the one that followed Pujols signing with the Angels.

    Not that it’s a big loss. Ohlie is terribly inconsistent, even when healthy. It’s just sad that we can’t invest $2M on a chance.

    Such is the life of a Pirates fan.

    • presidentmiraflores - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM

      Pardon me, sir, but I was trying to enjoy some alone time.

  3. jwbiii - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    And they use the roster spot for Gustavo Nunez, a good glove, no bat middle infielder.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    But…he’s smart!

  5. mrstpaul - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Aaaaaaaand the announcement he’s signed by the Twins in 5…4…3….

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