February 8, 2011

Ohlendorf Heads to Arbitration

The Pirates went to arbitration with Ross Ohlendorf today. As I explained earlier, this is a shortsighted move with little upside other than a small financial gain in the immediate future. Ohlendorf is hoping for $2.025 million and the Pirates offered $1.4 million. A decision should come down tomorrow.

My point as made a few days ago is that there's just no reason to argue over this. In an arbitration hearing, the team basically will present its case as to why Ross Ohlendorf sucks. There's nothing productive about that, either for his confidence or for the team's ability to resign a pretty good pitcher. Does anyone seriously think that with salaries where they are, Ohlendorf isn't worth $2.025 million? Even if the Pirates win, it will be a Pyrrhic victory indeed.

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