Ohman, White Sox agree on 2-year, $4 mil deal

Updated 1/8/2011 10:35 PM

Last year, veteran relief pitcher Will Ohman went to spring training with the Baltimore Orioles on a minor-league contract.

Suffice to say, the 33-year-old left-hander is in a much better spot this time around.


While the White Sox won't make an official announcement until Ohman passes his physical, a source confirmed the two sides have agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract.

Ohman very well could be the last player added by the Sox as they prepare to open spring training in Glendale, Ariz., in just over a month.

Needing a left-handed specialist to deal with the Twins' dangerous duo of left-handed hitters, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, Ohman gives the White Sox a proven performer in that role.

In 68 games with the Orioles and Florida Marlins last season, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder held left-handed hitters to a .229 batting average while going 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA and striking out 43 in 42 innings.

Over seven major-league seasons, which began with the Cubs in 2000, Ohman has held left-handed hitters to a .208 batting average.

With Ohman in the fold, the White Sox' bullpen appears to be set.

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Left-hander Chris Sale is the odds-on favorite to close for the Sox after his spectacular rookie season.

That leaves another lefty, Matt Thornton, and newcomer Jesse Crain sharing the setup role, with Sergio Santos right behind.

Tony Pena returns as the White Sox' long man, and Ohman is the left-handed specialist.

There is a chance Sale is going to open the season in the starting rotation if Jake Peavy is not fully recovered from a detached right latissimus dorsi muscle.


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