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Pirates' Ross Ohlendorf Wins At Arbitration Hearing

The Pirates' Ross Ohlendorf won his arbitration season, meaning he now has two wins in the past 16 months. But seriously: Ohlendorf will receive a salary of $2.025 million next year. The arbitrator deserves credit for being able to look past Ohlendorf's 1-11 record last year, which really is completely irrelevant in determining his value. Ohlendorf is modestly productive when healthy, and it isn't his fault the Pirates were a horrible team.


From the Pirates' perspective, the problem with him winning the hearing is that he'll be eligible for arbitration in the next three seasons, and almost every time a player goes to arbitration, he receives a raise over the previous year. So his salary will grow at a much faster rate now than it would have if the Pirates had won the case, setting Ohlendorf's salary at $1.4 million. This means the Pirates might have to make tougher decisions in the next few years about whether to keep Ohlendorf around, particularly if he doesn't improve.

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