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The Red Sox sign Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league deal

Feb 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT


In a move that most of us probably wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t for the fact that he is a really bright guy who has, in the past, done interesting things that ballplayers tend not to do, Ross Ohlendorf has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.

So, yes, from a personality standpoint that’s neat.  From a baseball standpoint — no offense, Ross — pretty meaningless. Ohlendorf has battled shoulder problems for two years, posted an 8.15 ERA in eight starts last year and looks to be more than organizational depth at best for the Red Sox.

But hey, at least he’s got that Princeton degree and the research experience at the Department of Agriculture to all back on.


  1. uyf1950 - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Well now we know why the Red Sox haven’t been eager to increase their offer to Roy Oswalt. They had a different RO (Ross Ohlendorf) in mind all along. …and yes I am being sarcastic.

  2. Ari Collins - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Ick. I mean, he still has to be better than the 75 starts of ~6 ERA we got last year. But still, thank god he’s, like, 9th on the depth chart.

  3. Detroit Michael - Feb 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    He could also be on that list of “guys who played for both the Red Sox and Yankees” list that folks sometimes compile, assuming he ever pitches well enough to play for Boston.

  4. Jack Marshall - Feb 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The thing is, a certain percentage of these signings pay off big, so there’s no downside in trying a lot of them. Tim Wakefield and Luis Tiant were regarded as washed up when the Sox signed them; earlier, it was Ray Culp. If you get one Tiant out of 20 signings, you’re still way, way ahead.

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