Oh man what a deal?! C’mon, be honest, how many of you all thought that the Marlins were going to deal Cody Ross? Of course ESPN said it was going to happen, but really, what do they know? When have they ever gotten these things right? According to Joe Capozzi, there was really never a deal for Ross in place.
“We wanted to try to add, so we have added to the bullpen. We believe in these guys. They have done a great job since the break (10-5). We have some ground to make up, but we believe in them and the way to show that is to obviously not take people off the team and to add. That’s what we have done today,” Larry Beinfest said.
Did the Marlins do that? With Ohman, yes, they did. Ohman is a free agent at the end of the season, so essentially they are shedding Rick Vandenhurk for a lefty reliever – the only other lefty reliever in the Marlins’ pen is Taylor Tankersley. It is a bit schizo that the Marlins would deal Jorge Cantu and make a move typical of a contender in acquiring Ohman from the Orioles. So, what are the Fish getting?
Ohman comes over from the Orioles sporting a 3.30 ERA with 29K/18BBs in 30IP this season but his stats tell he is a lefty specialist, nothing more. He will get lefties to strike out but does not fare well against righties. He sports a near 90’s fastball with a mid-80s slider.
Vandenhurk was giving up too many hits, but still has over 4 years of contract control left. In Ohman, the Marlins signaled a deal to try and get more help in the pen, which means they are looking to push forward in a playoff hopeful run. Ohman will leapfrog Tankersley in terms of the pecking order, but is giving up Vandenhurk a bit too costly? He’s young and has some upside that could add depth to any franchise’s pitching staff but not necessarily slated to become a star in the league. If the Marlins can keep winning games, who knows. As of now, it is a solid move that might have proved a bit too costly.