Tag:Will Ohman
Posted on: March 30, 2009 7:29 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2009 9:13 pm

Dodgers, Will Ohman Agree To Terms

7:30pm: Diamond Leung has the terms of the minor league deal. Ohman makes at least $1.35MM if he's on the team and he could add $200K to that total based on incentives. The Dodgers have the option of paying him $2MM next year or buying him out for $200K. Tony Jackson of the LA Daily News reports that the club option is for $2.2MM.

Ohman can also opt out of the deal if he's not called up by April 14th.

6:49pm: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports it's a one year minor league deal. MLB.com's Ken Gurnick adds that there's an option for a second year. He doesn't say whether Ohman controls the option or the Dodgers do, but it's presumably under the team's control.

6:20pm: According to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, the Dodgers agreed to terms with lefty reliever Will Ohman.  Terms are not known yet, but Dylan Hernandez wrote this morning that the Dodgers offered around $1MM. 

With the season starting in a week, hopefully Ohman will be ready.  He worked out for the Dodgers yesterday and Joe Torre seemed unimpressed.  Last year he did a nice job shutting down lefty hitters.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 30, 2009 9:20 am

Dodgers Make Offer To Will Ohman

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times has the latest on free agent lefty Will Ohman, who auditioned for the Dodgers yesterday.  Hernandez says the Dodgers offered Ohman about $1MM, half of his reported asking price.  They're waiting to hear back.  Joe Beimel managed to snag $2MM from Washington on March 18th.

Hernandez says the Dodgers need Ohman as much as he needs them, as they're considering Erick Threets and Brian Mazone for the situational lefty role.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 29, 2009 2:37 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2009 5:24 pm

Dodgers Talking With Ohman?

4:22pm: Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times writes that Torre wasn't sure Ohman was as ready as he's been advertising. Ohman maintains that he's been working hard with the intention of being ready for Opening Day, and that he's reached that point. Torre disagreed:

Of Ohman's command when he pitched to minor leaguers in front of the Dodgers' brain trust, Torre said, "You can see he hasn't been pitched in games."

1:16pm: On his blog at MLB.com, Ken Gurnick writes that the Dodgers gave free-agent lefty Will Ohman a tryout this morning. Joe Torre joined nearly the entire Dodger front office in attendance.

Ohman, 31, has held opposing lefties to just a .197 batting average for his career. He's been holding out for quite some time now, despite interest from several teams. Most recently we've heard that the Pirates have been increasing their interest, and that the Phillies were out as a result of Ohman's $2MM asking price.

Bill Shaikin of the LA Times cites Dylan Hernandez (also of the Times), saying that following the tryout, Ohman and his agent headed into a meeting with Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 28, 2009 1:51 pm

The Remaining Free Agents: Who's Left?

With little more than a week remaining before the regular season begins let's check the list of unsigned free agents..

  • Pedro Martinez is the biggest name out there.  The Dodgers don't like  his asking price of $5MM and Omar Minaya says Pedro's not coming back to the Mets.
  • Orlando Hernandez, Mark Mulder and Will Ohman are still on the market.
  • And don't forget about Paul Byrd and Ben Sheets, who could return midseason.  
  • Richie Sexson, Mark Grudzielanek and Ray Durham are some of the more interesting free agent infielders 
  • Dave Roberts and Jim Edmonds could offer outfield depth, but haven't attracted a lot of reported interest. 
  • Luis Gonzalez is on the market too. Could he return to the Marlins? He could return to the D'Backs if he retires as a player.
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:43 pm

Pirates Ramp Up Interest In Ohman

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have ramped up their interest in free agent lefty Will Ohman.  The Bucs made an offer Saturday for one year plus an option, and Ohman's agent countered yesterday. Ohman's still looking for a $2MM salary.  Dialogue is ongoing with the Pirates.

Kovacevic names a slew of other teams in on Ohman: the Giants, Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals, and Indians.  He says the Nats and Indians are new to the mix. 

My opinion - it'd be odd to see the Nationals sign Ohman after Joe Beimel, but they could be trying to build up a trade surplus.  The Pirates would have one given the presence of John Grabow.

Posted on: March 25, 2009 4:23 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2009 4:43 pm

Rosenthal On Melky, Matthews, Pedro, Ohman

As usual, good stuff from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports...

  • Rosenthal says the Yankees are open to moving Melky Cabrera, and opines that the White Sox would be a perfect fit.  Trading Cabrera would open up the Yankees' outfield picture for sure, but leave them shakier in center with Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher.  Rosenthal also says the White Sox have expressed some interest in a deal to acquire Gary Matthews Jr., assuming the Angels pay "the vast majority of the $33MM remaining on the final three years of his contract."
  • Pedro Martinez reached out to the Royals before they signed Sidney Ponson, but KC couldn't afford him.  Would Pedro have been a better signing than Horacio Ramirez and Willie Bloomquist?  Martinez's friends are telling him his $5MM asking price is unrealistic.  Rosenthal says that if Pedro drops it down to $1-2MM, he can probably get the Dodgers and other teams involved.
  • The Marlins are looking for relief help.  They like Will Ohman but not his $2MM asking price.
  • The A's thought they were close to a $1.7MM deal for Joe Beimel before he went to the Nats for $300K more.
  • Catcher Ronny Paulino, acquired by the Phillies from the Pirates in December, is available.  Rosenthal considers the Marlins a possible fit.
Posted on: March 25, 2009 12:48 pm

Odds & Ends: Beckham, Taschner, Red Sox

Links for Wednesday...

Posted on: March 21, 2009 11:18 am
Edited on: March 21, 2009 12:03 pm

Padres Looking For Relievers

According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney the Padres are aggressively looking for relief help. They could fill as many as four bullpen spots with pitchers they pick up through trades or waivers.

As Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports, reliever Mark Worrell will miss the season with Tommy John surgery, so the Padres are working with one less reliever than expected. Hayes spoke with GM Kevin Towers and heard it's doubtful the Padres will sign a free agent reliever. Instead, Towers says he's "talking with GM's and finding out who's on the bubble to make clubs."
Earlier in the week Jayson Stark wrote that the Padres were in the mix for Will Ohman, but his asking price of $1.75MM could exceed the San Diego budget.
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