Ross Ohlendorf Signs With Padres

Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf (47) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during their spring training game at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Ross Ohlendorf was desperate for a big-league job and the Padres were desperate for a big-league starter, so the two have come together for a match.

Ross Ohlendorf is a major-league veteran who signed a minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox over the offseason. As is the norm, Ohlendorf's contract came with an opt-out clause, which Ohlendorf recently exercised. Ohlendorf was a free agent, very briefly, and now he is a free agent no longer.

Why? Because he's signed a major-league contract with the San Diego Padres, of course.

Ohlendorf is 29, and he owns a career 87 ERA+ in the majors. He missed a lot of time in 2011 with a shoulder injury, and in triple-A in 2012, he posted an ERA of 4.61. Ross Ohlendorf is not a particularly appealing gamble. But consider that the Padres were recently giving starts to Jeff Suppan. Consider that the Padres have a terrible record and have Cory Luebke, Dustin Moseley, Micah Owings, Tim Stauffer, and Joe Wieland on the disabled list.

The Padres are at a point where they just need starters, any starters, to eat innings. Ohlendorf is at a point where he just wants to re-establish some sort of value. Where better than Petco Park? This is to be a symbiotic relationship. Ohlendorf will throw the innings the Padres need, and in return, Ohlendorf will be given the chance to post an artificially low ERA. In time, the two parties will split, but as much as this seems mutually selfish, aren't all contracts mutually selfish? In this case, it's just more obvious than usual.

UPDATE

Turns out Ohlendorf will join the bullpen, not the rotation. Well then!

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