Thursday, February 16, 2012

Red Sox Sign Ross Ohlendorf, Add Some More Depth

Don't get me wrong, I actually really like what the Red Sox are doing-- compiling their depth with guys who have done it before. I'd rather have Vicente Padilla and Aaron Cook than Andrew Miller and Kyle Weiland any day. They made another move of this nature today, signing Ross Ohlendorf. Ohlendorf had nice years in 2009 and 2010 before falling apart in 2011, partially due to a nasty shoulder injury and partially he was just ineffective. He put together a miserable season of 1-3/8.15/27 in 9 starts for the Pirates. However, if Ohlendorf returns to form, he could go back to 2010 when he went 1-11/4.07/79 or in 2009, when he was even better at 11-10/3.92/109 in 21 and 29 starts, respectively. His peripherals over the years have shown he's been a bit lucky, however, with a 4.44 FIP and 4.75 xFIP in 2010. However, if Ohlendorf can stay healthy and puts up good numbers this spring, the sky is the limit-- assuming the sky is a 4.00 ERA.

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