Pirates interested in Ohman
Lefty reliever apparently has three offers, will wait for more
BRADENTON, Fla. -- When Spring Training officially began for the Pirates on Saturday, general manager Neal Huntington said that while he is confident that the players in camp can form a competitive team, he continues to explore for potential acquisitions.
It appears that Huntington's exploration has led him to left-handed free-agent reliever Will Ohman.
The report continues by stating that Ohman has plans to talk with three other teams -- all believed to be contenders -- before making any decision.
"When Will gets an offer he's comfortable with, he's going to sign," Ohman's agent, Page Odle, told ESPN.com. "Right now we continue to have dialogue with several teams on a pretty regular basis. There's no timetable."
A call to Odle by MLB.com wasn't returned.
Ohman entered the offseason as one of the more intriguing left-handed relieving options available on the free-agent market. However, his options ran dry fairly quickly after the unexpected turn the market took. As a result, a reliever that the Pirates likely would not have pursued may now consider Pittsburgh and accept a relatively low one-year salary.
Last season with the Braves, Ohman made 83 relief appearances and finished 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA. In six seasons, the lefty has a 4.16 ERA with 106 walks and 219 strikeouts in 218 2/3 innings.
Ohman would certainly be a welcome addition to the Pirates' bullpen, which right now has only three secure members -- closer Matt Capps, righty Tyler Yates and left-hander John Grabow. Grabow was expected to serve as the left-handed setup man for the club, though that's a role that Ohman could step into if he does sign.
He would also give the Pirates some added depth should Grabow be traded during the season, a scenario that is quite plausible. Grabow is in his final year before becoming a free agent.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.