The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing earlier today, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This is significant because it was the first arbitration hearing of the year in MLB.
Ohlendorf became arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a “Super Two.” He filed for $2.025 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 28-year-old right-hander went 1-11 with a 4.09 ERA over 21 starts last season and served separate stints on the disabled list due to injuries to his shoulder and back.
The three-person panel of arbitrators will choose one salary or the other and are expected to announce a decision tomorrow. Ohlendorf’s injuries and unlucky win-loss record aren’t going to help his cause, but it’s no stretch to say that the Princeton graduate probably made a pretty good case for himself.