Boston Red Sox Sign Ross Ohlendorf

The Boston Red Sox have signed former Pirates starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to a minor-league deal. The Bucs released him after an awful 2011 season in which he allowed nine homers in 38.2 innings. Before that, though, Ohlendorf did fairly well. Put aside his 1-11 record in 2010, and the endless stream of ignorant jokes that followed him when the Pirates chose to tender him a contract in 2011. He posted ERAs of 4.07 and 3.92 in 2010 and 2009, respectively, and while his peripherals suggested he pitched worse than those ERAs indicated, he was still above replacement level.

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That said, I wouldn't expect him to appear at Fenway any time soon, except perhaps as a reliever. Which might be unfortunate for Ohlendorf, who's one of the smartest players in pro baseball -- living in the city of Boston, with all its good colleges, would probably provide plenty of good networking opportunities for Ohlendorf for his career after he's done as a pitcher.

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