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3/30/2009

WILL OHMAN IS CONFUSING


Relief pitcher Will Ohman is by no means a superstar. I think signing a contract for the 2009 season on March 30th would probably indicate that. But the deal he settled for? It's interesting, to say the least.

Ohman passed up a major league contract with the Pirates nine days ago to take a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers today. That's right, guaranteed money and a roster spot now comes second to taking a shot at possibly making the Dodgers' roster.

This proves that the Pirates are still at the point where their dollar is not worth the same currency of other MLB franchises. But you can't fault the team on this one. Previous administrations probably would've vastly overpaid for a guy like Ohman, so at least they didn't go down that road again.

Ohman went to Pepperdine and had a desire to play on the West Coast, and apparently that was worth more in his mind than what the Pirates presented him. But really, is his presence or non-presence going to have a tremendous impact on the outcome of this season? I highly doubt it. Save the money for some draft picks or young players who will actually make a difference when we need them. Which probably isn't 2009.

Ohman chooses Dodgers, not Pirates [PBC Blog]
Will Ohman career stats [Baseball Reference]

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3 comments:

Matt said...

between this and Tabata's wife, the jokes just write themselves when it comes to the Pirates

The Duke from Dukes Court said...

"Previous administrations probably would've vastly overpaid for a guy like Ohman, so at least they didn't go down that road again."

either that or trade Chris Young for him.

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