Tag:Ross Ohlendorf
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:28 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 12:31 pm

Angels beat Weaver in arbitration

Jared Weaver The second arbitration result has come in, as the Angels have defeated starter Jered Weaver in arbitration, MLBTradeRumors.com reports .

Weaver will get $7.365 million instead of the $8.8 million he was seeking. And it's good news, since the Angels will need that extra $1.435 million to throw away on Vernon Wells (sorry, but Congress passed a law recently stating every blog mentioning the Angels must include a minimum of one Wells snarky reference.)

The right-hander was 13-12 with a 3.01 ERA in 34 starts last season. He earned $4.265 million last season (plus $50,000 bonuses for making the All-Star team and another $50,000 for his fifth-place finish in the Cy Young voting), his first year he was arbitration-eligible. The two sides avoided arbitration last year.

The 28-year-old is eligible for free agency following the 2012 season.

Owners and players are now tied at 1, as Ross Ohlendorf defeated the Pirates yesterday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 12:41 pm

Ohlendorf wins arbitration case against Pirates

Ross Ohlendorf The season hasn't even started and the Pirates are already 0-1. (Alternate joke lede -- Ross Ohlendorf has already matched his win total from 2010.)

Ohlendorf won his arbitration case against the Pirates on Wednesday. A three-man panel sided with the right-hander who will receive $2.025 million this season. The Pirates offered him $1.4 million.

Last season Ohlendorf made $439,000 and was limited to 21 starts with back and shoulder injuries, going 1-11 with a 4.07 ERA. In 2009, he was 11-10 with a 3.92 ERA.

The Pirates hadn't gone to arbitration since 2004 when they were beaten by shortstop Jack Wilson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 30, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 1:40 pm

Ohlendorf putting forgettable season behind him

OhlendorfRoss Ohlendorf has been one of the few constants in the Pirate rotation that has showed any hint of long-term sustainability.

And yet, all the former Yankee had to show for it in 2010 was one lousy win in 21 starts. Someone with a 4.07 ERA (although his xFIP soared to 4.96) shouldn't end up with a record of 1-11, and yet that's exactly what Ohlendorf did, adding two disabled list stints to his resume.

The year before, he had an 11-10 record with a 3.92 ERA in 29 starts over 176 2/3 innings. But he despite amping up his strikeouts in 2010, he lost some control and had a forgettable season, even as he refuses to forget.

"I don't forget the whole season," Ohlendorf told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I made a lot of improvements and learned a lot. I need to continue to build on that."

What the righty chooses to focus on are the months of July And August, just before a shoulder injury wiped out the rest of his season. In 10 starts, Ohlendorf had a 3.02 ERA, striking out 7.9 batters per nine and walking just 2.8 -- peripherals that would have made him a top pitcher over a full season.

" I want to remember the things I did to allow me to pitch well during that stretch," Ohlendorf said of readying him for the season. The 28-year-old should be fully healthy to start the year after avoiding surgery for a strain in the back of his right shoulder.

In fact, his offseason workouts are further ahead than they were at this point last year. In a rotation slated to hold Paul Maholm, Kevin Correia, James McDonald and Scott Olsen, Ohlendorf has the chance to emerge as the ace. That's not exactly saying much given his competition, but a full season of Ohlendorf hitting his potential would be coveted by any team.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Bruce, O'Day among Super Twos

Brad Ziegler, the right-handed sidearmed reliever, is the lucky winner of the Super Two cutoff date this year with two years, 122 days of service time, according to the list sent to agents by the MLB Players Association. Super Two qualify for salary arbitration early.

The cutoff this season is lower than it has been in recent years, perhaps indicating that teams are getting more and more careful about how soon they bring up players in attempts to put off arbitration as long as possible.

Leading the list is Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, who has already been signed to a long-term deal, a deal that's looking better and better by the day for the Rays.

Here's the list:

Jay Bruce Player 2009 Club Total Service
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 2.170
Jim Johnson Baltimore 2.165
Felipe Paulino Houston 2.163
Josh Fields Kansas City 2.159
Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia 2.159
Sean White Seattle 2.156
Ian Stewart Colorado 2.154
Dana Eveland* Pittsburgh 2.152
Luke Hochevar Kansas City 2.151
Armando Galarraga Detroit 2.148
Burke Badenhop Florida 2.143
Ross Ohlendorf Pittsburgh 2.139
Chris Perez Cleveland 2.136
Alberto Gonzalez Washington 2.135
Jensen Lewis Cleveland 2.133
Darren O'Day Texas 2.128
Jay Bruce Cincinnati 2.125
Chase Headley San Diego 2.123
Travis Buck Oakland 2.123
Brad Ziegler Oakland 2.122

It appears that this is the best news for Bruce, O'Day and Perez, who will likely get the biggest bumps in salary from 2010 to 2011.

Of all those players, Bruce (pictured) may have had the best season, hitting .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs. Perez recorded 23 saves and had a 1.71 ERA as the closer for the Indians once Kerry Wood was sent to the Yankees. O'Day was a valuable member of the Rangers' bullpen, appearing in 72 regular-season games and 11 postseason games. During the Regular season, he had a 2.03 ERA.

All three of those players made $440,000 or less last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am

R.I.P. Pirates: 18 losing seasons and counting

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Oh, Pirates. So sad. But hey, you've got one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball, maybe one day you'll have a real major league team.


Where to start?

Well, let's avoid the debacle that was the Akinori Iwamura trade, and go straight to the biggest problem.

The Pirates' starting rotation was Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf and Charlie Morton -- each lost at least 10 games. Now, I know we're smart enough here not to judge a pitcher based solely on his W-L record. But all but Ohlendorf had an ERA+ of 83 or lower. That ain't good.


James McDonald Several young players showed glimpses of being productive big leaguers in the future. Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker (pictured, lower right) join Andrew McCutchen as a lineup that can play.

How about the trade of Octavio Dotel and cash to the Dodgers for right-hander James McDonald (pictured, left)? McDonald, 25, started 11 games for the Pirates after the trade and went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA. McDonald has impressive stuff and is one of the few strikeout pitchers on the roster.


Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the Pirates do have some good, young talent. Unfortunately, not much of it is ready for the big leagues.

One of the few that could help soon is Bryan Morris, a 23-year old right-hander who went 6-4 with a 4.25 ERA at Double-A Altoona.

There will certainly be players to watch in the team's minor league system, but it'll be in the lower levels in guys like Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and Luis Heredia.


It's the Pirates, the expectations don't change. There are none besides playing 81 home games.


Oh, how about this crazy idea. You know that money you get from other teams in revenue sharing? Why not spend it on players? Radical, right?

Now, who do you sign? Right now you go for bargain innings-eaters. Maybe someone like Kevin Millwood or Brad Penny. They're not great, but they can be had and could stick around a little longer.

It's not like Carl Crawford is going to sign in Pittsburgh, but that's not the type of player the Pirates need to target at this point, instead it's filler until the real talent comes along.


The Pirates will record their 19th consecutive losing season and finish at the bottom of perhaps the weakest division in baseball once again.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:57 am
Edited on: August 25, 2010 11:57 am

Ohlendorf's nightmare season might be over

Ross Ohlendorf
Ross Ohlendorf's offseason plans should probably begin with finding someone to take the curse off him. Because that might be the only way to explain the run of bad luck the Pirates right-hander has had this year.

He's been on the disabled list with a lower back injury and missed more games with a leg injury. He got hit in the head by a line drive. Now his season might be over after he was diagnosed with an upper back muscle strain, and he has no idea how the injury happened. He thinks he might have slept on it wrong.

Ohlendorf is 1-11 this season, even though his ERA is a respectable 4.07. As a point of reference, Florida's Ricky Nolasco has won 14 games and the Angels' Ervin Santana 13 with higher ERAs. And neither of them plays for a winning team, though they don't play for a team as bad as the Pirates.

It seems only appropriate that in what might have been Ohlendorf's last start Monday, he took the loss despite throwing just 10 pitches before leaving with the injury. According to baseball-reference.com, only four other pitchers since 1988 have lost a game while throwing 10 pitches or fewer.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:46 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 11:14 pm

Pirates' Ohlendorf hit in the head

Ross Ohlendorf Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf left the field in Denver under his own power after being hit in the right side of his head by Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The ball hit Ohlendorf near the temple and he dropped to his knees on the mound as the ball went into right field for an RBI single.

Ohlendorf was examined on the field and walked off under assistance by the team's trainer.

Sean Gallagher replaced Ohlendorf.

It's been a rough series for pitchers at Coors Field. Yesterday, Rockies closer Huston Street was hit in "the pelvic region" during batting practice and was taken off the field in an ambulance. He was back at the field, but not ready to play, on Wednesday. Let's hope Ohlendorf does the same.

UPDATE: Great news from Coors Field, where Ohlendorf has returned to the stadium after undergoing a CT scan, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel tweets .

UPDATE 2: Ohlendorf wasn't the only one on the Pirates payroll to head to the hospital on Wednesday. Biertempfel (blogging this time) reports Aki Iwamura was taken to the hospital after a collision with the first baseman on an infield single.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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