O’s Sign 2 Wills; DFA Gabino

The Orioles have signed LHP Will Ohman and LHP Will Startup to minor league contracts. They also designated RHP Robert Gabino for assignment after making the Mark Hendrickson signing official.

Grade: B-

The loss of Robert Gabino is of no consequence, he was just a warm body on the roster in case of emergency. Both left handed pitchers the O’s signed are in the “LOOGY” mode. Will Ohman received an invitation to spring training, while Will Startup will report to minor league camp and start the season at AA Bowie. Ohman was limited in 2009 with injuries, pitching 12.1 innings with a 5.84 ERA. He was effective in 2008 with a 3.68 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 58.2 innings, so if he can show hes completely healthy and effective he could earn a spot on the opening day roster. Most likely I think he starts out at AAA Norfolk and is on call in case of injury or ineffectiveness. If he does make the team I would hope it would be in favor of someone like Clay Meredith instead of Kam Mickolio, who I have high hopes for this year. The other lefty, Startup, missed all of 2008 and most of 2009 due to tommy john surgery. Prior to that he was effective at getting out left handed hitters with a funky delivery. He had decent strikeout rates so if he can bounce back completely he could be a solid reliever. Nice upside to these signings.


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