The Reds signed Ross Ohlendorf, a right-handed pitcher, to a 1-year major league contract. Ohlendorf is 33 and pitched in the bullpen for the Texas Rangers last season. He does have experience as a big league starter, including seven games for the Washington Nationals in 2013. So he could fill a long-relief role in the Reds bullpen or a swing role at the start of the season.

Ohlendorf had made eight appearances in trying out for the Kansas City Royals this spring. In nine innings, he had struck out 10 batters, walked three and allowed nine hits. The Royals released Ohlendorf on Wednesday. As you might expect, competition for their one open bullpen slot is fierce.

Chris Welsh was saying on the TV broadcast yesterday that it was obvious to him the Reds weren’t finished adding veteran players to fill out the pitching staff.

Ohlendorf is a graduate of Princeton University who majored in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. He scored 1520 out of 1600 on his SAT (so yeah, he’s smarter than all of us) and wrote a 140-page senior thesis on the value of major league draft picks. So he can help out in the front office when the Reds get their pitching staff healthy.

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28 Responses

  1. redsfan06

    The Reds are going to need some BP help. Hope this guy can become part of the answer.

  2. vegastypo

    for Saturday’s games, it appears the split squad game against the Chicago Toddfathers will on White Sox TV/radio via mlb.com, while the Reds’ other game, against the Indians, will be available via Reds TV/radio.

  3. Steve Mancuso

    Finnegan strikes out three White Sox hitters in first inning. Duvall and Mesoraco with hits in second inning. Can watch game on MLB.tv (White Sox broadcast).

  4. Steve Mancuso

    3-run homer for Ivan De Jesus, scores Mesoraco (single) and Duvall (double).

  5. vegastypo

    And, Finnegan gets to the fourth inning and can’t find the strike zone … 3 walks in the inning, three runs in, game tied at 4.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Also horrible defensive inning – awful plays by YRod (no hustle), Duvall (bad throw, bad pursuit angle), Curtis (bad throw), Pacheco (bad dig) – contribute mightily.

      • vegastypo

        True, Yorman could’ve got a guy at the plate. He hasn’t shown much at all defensively for a guy who has been in the organization for so many years and has so much talent.

      • Tom Diesman

        Also, Finnegan doesn’t back up home plate on Duvall’s bad throw home.

    • vegastypo

      Stinky inning finally ends. Finnegan goes 4.1, 7 runs (6 earned), 6 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts. …

  6. vegastypo

    Billy Hamilton slices a ground rule double down the left field line, his first hit of the game, scores two runs, Reds lead again, 9-7.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Great time for the big hit. C Trent says if the ball hadn’t jumped the fence that Billy would have had an inside the park grand slam.

      • vegastypo

        Ha, yeah, the left fielder had over-committed going to the line, so if the ball kicks around toward center field, maybe. ………………….Nice play by Holt on a short pop to the outfield. He conned Jimmy Rollins into thinking he was gonna catch it, and when it dropped, forced Rollins at second base.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    Cozart doubles in the 7th to plate Trahan & Peraza. Reds up 5-4 and still batting. Cozart seems to be suffering no ill effects from the injury, although he’s playing DH today.

  8. Scotlykins

    To say we need pitching is an understatement. We are giving up more runs of all spring training.

  9. Shchi Cossack

    Blake Trahan will be an interesting player to follow this season. The 22-year-old SS has had a spectacular spring training after his 1st season in professional ball, mostly in rookie league, after being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft.

  10. Dan

    I think Reds got confused when they got the memo that they weren’t such a smart organization. High IQ ballplayers generally under perform on the field. Funny how that works out.

    • Takao

      What…? How does that… What is…

      What?

      I’m so confused by this comment. Are you saying that intelligent people are inherently bad baseball players? That seems like a huge assumption not backed by any amount of factual data.

      • lwblogger2

        I’m equally confused. I played with a lot of good, dumb players and good smart players. I also played with a bunch of bad dumb players and bad smart players.

  11. lwblogger2

    I like the signing. It didn’t cost much and the guy is a decent pitcher. I don’t want all the young guys up in MLB. I don’t think most are ready. This could give one of them a chance to stay in the minors and work on more things.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Piggybacking on your evaluation of this move, I see the signing od Simon and Ohlendorf as potential positive moves, not just temporary holding pattern moves. Both of these signings were low cost, low risk signings, but both players could potentially be moved to a contender pre trade deadline. If the Reds can generate any return with even low MLB potential, the small monetary investment will pay dividends in additional to serving as placeholders during 2016. We all know that injuries happen and in a playoff race, cheap middle to back end starting rotation help and bullpen help will be needed for the playoff push by multiple contenders. Those are the commodities signed by the Reds. If one or both do not pan out as viable trade candidates at the trade deadline, then they were still signed at low cost as 2016 placeholders.

      • WVRedlegs

        I agree with you two also. Good signings, the both of them. There might be one more bullpen addition this week from all the final cuts that will be made over the next several days. Look for a LH signing and O’Grady to go back to the LA Angels.