Ross bosses Pirates in arbitration case

 Earlier this week the arbitration case of Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf was heard. Ohlendorf wanted a salary of $2,025,000 and the Pirates wanted $1.4 million. Those values aren’t significantly far but they were far enough for a case to be heard.

 The court ruled in favor of Ohlendorf and Ohlendorf will earn his desired salary of $2,025,000 for this, the 2011 season. Ohlendorf figures to be the number four starter for the season behind James McDonald, Paul Maholm and Kevin Correia.

 For the Pirates their record is three wins and four losses in the arbitration process. Ohlendorf in his own words says that he has a good relationship with the Pirates front office, and this salary increase is a huge increase from his previous salary of $439,000.

 This arbitration case was the first since Jack Wilson’s in 2004, when the court ruled in favor of Wilson.  

 Many people have argued that Ohlendorf does not deserve this raise as his record was 1-11 in 2010. While this may be true, that is not all that is taken into account. Ohlendorf was injured throughout the year and it affected his command, not to mention that all of his Pirates career is taken into account as well. Ohlendorf also pitched all kinds of quality starts and only racked up so many losses as he received no help from his team. Our offense seemed to always sputter when Ohlendorf made his starts, and our defense made all kinds of errors behind him. Ohlendorf also had an ERA of 4.07 which is right around Major League average.

 Ohlendorf will have a much better year this season, and will put this behind him and go out and prove that he is better than what last year’s record shows.

2 Comments

Arbitration is always a bit of a gamble.
Both side come with their best information hoping for either a reversal or splurge in dollar amounts.
Always a great day when a player can defeat the negative word storm created by his club and get his reward amount.
Says something about the player’s season oif his team can not bring up enough data or reasons for his salary not to be increased.
Kudos to Ross and his agent for the great work.

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

First off, thanks again so much for reading the blog! Ross knew what he was doing. This is just another example of why Ross is one of the smartest men in all of sports. Yes, the Pirates are 3-4 in salary arbitration cases, and that is worth noting. It is not just based on wins and losses for one season, but rather the player’s full body of work.

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