Monday, March 30, 2009

Lefty Will Ohman comes aboard

The Dodgers have hopefully found a replacement for the departed Joe Beimel when they signed lefty Will Ohman today to a 1-year, Minor League deal with an option for another year.

I've talked about his numbers before, but let's look at them again. He spent his first 5 years with the Cubs, peaking in 2005 with a 2.91 ERA in 43.1 IP to go along with 45 K's. Last season he went to the Braves, collecting a 3.68 ERA in 58.2 IP and 53 K's.

Those numbers aren't bad, but what's most impressive are his numbers against left-handed hitters last year. In 29.2 IP, he gave up only 21 hits, 2 homers, 8 walks, and struck out 28. Wow. That's pretty darn good. And for those numbers alone, he has himself a job.

With exactly a week to go before the regular season begins, it's unlikely that he'd be ready for the bullpen right away. So some seasoning in Triple A seems likely at first. Hopefully he'll be good to go in no time.

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