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Nats add LHP Ohman on minor deal

Feb 11, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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Will Ohman owns a 4.28 ERA in 10 big-league seasons.

VIERA, Fla. — As pitchers and catchers trickle into Space Coast Stadium on the day before they must officially report for spring training, the Nationals have added another veteran left-hander to the mix.

The Nationals today signed Will Ohman to a minor-league contract, extending the 35-year-old southpaw an invitation to big-league camp.

A veteran of 10 big-league seasons with the Cubs, Braves, Dodgers, Orioles, Marlins and White Sox, Ohman owns a career 4.28 ERA over 483 appearances. He spent last season with Chicago, going 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA in 32 games.

Ohman joins a cast of lefties attempting to win the final spot in the Nationals’ Opening Day bullpen, joining Bill Bray, Fernando Abad, Patrick McCoy and Brandon Mann. Fellow left-hander Zach Duke is favored to make the club, but as a long reliever and emergency starter, not as a specialist.

  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Espi out of the WBC

  2. BigCat - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    0-2 with a 6.41 ERA. This is dumpster diving from RizzoWe are gonna miss Burnett

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Big Cat, I agree with you on Burnett but I will take his replacement in Rafael Soriano as he can get lefties out too.As far as this signing, its that time of the year for all teams to dumpster dive to fill AAA. It doesn't mean he makes the club. Its a no risk deal, just money.

  4. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP Danny Espinosa says he will not play in the WBC. He decided it's smarter to keep strengthening his shoulder, which he says feels great.

  5. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Working on my shoulder, too. I want to report to spring training in the best shape of my life, although that's still not saying much.

  6. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Still hearing Scott Boras is trying to convince Mr. Lerner to sign Kyle Lohse.I don't see it as someone would go to the bullpen but never doubt the power of Bora$

  7. Positively Half St. - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    It is pretty funny that the Nats signed yet another person with no apparent chance to make the team. It occurred to me that, at this point, there is a pool of recent MLB players with no contract that need to end up somewhere. Anybody who played in the Majors the last year or two and is not yet of retirement age has at least proven more than the majority of AAA-roster filler that has never yet tasted the cup of coffee.+1/2St.

  8. BigCat - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Next they'll be bringing back ol Ray King. Kinda liked him. Him and Dimitri used to go out and eat ribs together.

  9. John C. - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Championship!More seriously, this is standard filling out of AA and AAA rosters for depth. All teams do this, nothing to see here, move along.

  10. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    +1/2St., its filler and you hope that with a AAA refresher course one of these guys learns something.The Nats certainly did something with Michael Gonzalez. He looked like toast in 2011.

  11. Ghost Of Steve M. - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Read the comments when the Nats signed Mike Gonzalez. He went from a 5.14 ERA with Texas to 3.03 with the Nats.You just never know.

  12. BigCat - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Yes….I trust Riz's eye for talent.In the case of a specialized relief pitcher, one bad inning can shoot your whole year. We will see. Certainly got nothing to lose

  13. Eugene in Oregon - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Haven't been commenting much recently (busy with two classes this term), but enjoying Mark's and Chase's posts and the threads that I've had time to read. Just a note here to say how encouraging it is to see that counter up in the corner now at '0' days and into the hours, minutes, and seconds. Just a wonderful time of year.

  14. Section 222 - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Thanks Ghost. Silly me for thinking that worldbaseballclassic.com would have up to date rosters. Just checked the USA roster and they don't have Gio on it yet either.

  15. RickH - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Spring (training) is in the air!

  16. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Read the comments when the Nats signed Mike Gonzalez. He went from a 5.14 ERA with Texas to 3.03 with the Nats. You just never know.Ain't it the truth? This time last year, the big bullpen addition was Brad Lidge.

  17. Tony - Feb 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Everyone knew that Espinosa isn't really a Mexican.

  18. 3on2out - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Oh! Man!If nothing else, it's a great name.

  19. Steamer - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Good luck to your Nats going to miss your guys posting I have to root for the Halos since my stepson inlaw is with them

  20. Tcostant - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    VA curly W linance plate passed the House of Delegates! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djZ2fWE2fCE

  21. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Steamer….the Nats can still be your NL team.

  22. Tcostant - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    This is an excellent article that shows the options left for every man on the 40 man roster. Must read:http://nationalsprospects.com/2013/02/another-confusing-post-about-options-2/

  23. natsfan1a - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Same here. Swinging those postseason rally towels had my rotator cuff day-to-day for a while, but it was totally worth it. I'll be ready on opening day, coach. :-)Sec. 3, My Sofa said… Working on my shoulder, too. I want to report to spring training in the best shape of my life, although that's still not saying much. February 11, 2013 2:11 PM

  24. Tony - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Hard to tell if this signing is a good ohman or a bad ohman for the upcoming season.

  25. mo nats - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    VA curly W linance plate passed the House of Delegates! Thanks Tcostant, I sent my license info to the Nats several weeks ago hoping we would reach the 500 necessary to get VA to okay the special plate. It will go nicely with my Nats license plate holder.

  26. Steamer - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    True but I wish they kept Sean it's going to be hard to stay awake for there games (angels) since I do live on the east coast but I will still follow the Nats

  27. NCNatsie - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Tony, "Will" is a positive, so it's a good ohman. If his name was Won't Ohman, then it would be a bad ohman.

  28. Manassas Nats' Fan - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    my tag is alreay personalized as a Nat car.

  29. PDowdy83 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Looks like even with his inflated ERA last year Ohman still held lefties to a .186/.250/.305 slash line with a .555 OPS. He also had a 2/1 strikeout to walk ratio and a 1.05 WHIP.For some reason the White Sox decided he should pitch as much against right handed hitters as lefties and he put up a lovely .286/.375/.595 line with a .970 OPS and 4 homers.

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