Monday, February 9, 2009

Will Ohman 2009

One of the better middle relievers still available as a free agent is Will Ohman. While he will always be limited by his mediocre control, his strong strikeout rate (K/9: 8.3 in 2008) is enough to make him an effective relief pitcher. Ohman is even a little better than that when facing left handed batters, so if he's used strictly as a LOOGY, then he can be an asset to most teams. Unlike hitters, pitchers do tend each to have their own 'platoon differential' that is consistent from year to year. While his strikeout rate and groundball rate have fluctuated somewhat over the years, whoever signs Ohman for 2009 knows more or less what they'll be getting.

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