The O’s have announced that they have signed LHP Will Ohman to a minor league deal. Ohman will be competing for the role of situational lefthanded relief pitcher (ala Buddy Groom).
Ohman, 32, was 1-0 with one save and a 5.84 ERA (12.1IP, 8ER) in 21 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009 before being placed on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation on May 28. On July 30, he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
In 324 major league appearances with the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, Ohman is 11-9 with a 4.25 ERA (231.0IP, 109ER) and has held left-handed batters to a .204 average (85-417). Ohman will wear uniform number 13 at spring training.
A few years back the O’s would have invested big money in a solid relief pitcher. This year they are taking a gamble. Would you rather they spend the money or save it for later?