Ohlendorf wins arbitration case
The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing on Tuesday and on Wednesday afternoon it was confirmed that the arbitrators sided with Ohlendorf, who will make $2.025 million for 2011.
The Pirates initially offered the right-hander $1.4 million.
Ohlendorf went 1-11 with an 4.07 ERA in 21 starts for the Pirates. Due to several injuries, Ross only pitched 108.1 innings. He made $439,000.
“While disappointed with the result, we respect the process and the work that the arbitrators do for the parties,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “We look forward to a healthy and winning season from Ross in 2011.”
John Perrotto of BaseballProspectus.com made a good point after the news was announced.
He tweeted: “Ross Ohlendorf’s arbitration win yet another victory for those who understand a pitcher has little control over W-L record.”
“Yes, Ohlendorf was 1-11 but ERA was 4.07, just .05 above the National League average of 4.02. Was obviously better than 1-11.”