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Marlins Get LH Reliever Will Ohman in Trade With O's


   The Marlins bolstered their bullpen at the trade deadline on Saturday by acquiring left-handed reliever Will Ohman from the Baltimore Orioles for minor-league pitcher Rick VandenHurk.

   Ohman, now in his eighth big-league season, gives the Marlins a veteran presence in the bullpen. In 51 appearances for the Orioles this season, Ohman has a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings. Lefties are batting .226 against him.Ohman Of particular interest to the Marlins: against Ohman, Washington's Adam Dunn is 3 for 18 while Philadelphia's Ryan Howard is 4 for 18 with a home run.

   Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said the deal was completed within the final hour of the 4 p.m. deadline.

   "We wanted to add a second lefty to go with (Taylor Tankersley) out in the pen," Beinfest said. "Ohman fit the bill. Experienced, and he's been real tough on lefties, and he's battle-tested. Really, since we did the trade with (Jorge Cantu) on Thursday, we've only had discussions about trying to add to the team, specifically to the bullpen. We have some ground to make up, but we believe in them."

   The Marlins have been interested in Ohman for several years. They will pick up the remainder of his salary for this season, or about $475,000.

   "He's aggressive, he's experienced," Beinfest said. "He's been in this division before with the Braves and we thought it was a good fit. As far as Vandy goes, still a lot of potential there. Great kid. We really didn't see an opportunity for him in the near future, so hopefully this will be a good fit for him moving forward."

   Beinfest said he is hopeful that Ohman can join the team in San Diego in time for Sunday's afternoon game. The Orioles are playing in Kansas City.

   Over his career, Ohman is 11-9 with a 4.44 ERA. In 261 career innings, he has struck out 255 and walked 132.

   VandenHurk has been up and down with the Marlins. He was 8-4 with a 4.68 ERA at Triple A New Orleans this season.

   "It takes a depth a little bit," Beinfest said of starting pitching within the organization. "Obviously we have (Sean) West, who is ready to go. Andrew Miller has really improved in Double A. (Alex) Sanabia is here. We have Elih Villanueva. So there's still is some depth."

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NWFL fan

The left handed bull pen help we needed without having to give up much! And thank God we still have Cody!

CoachG

Usually I down the marlins front office but if u look at all the relievers who were dealt at the deadline.. Ohman was arguably the best available and for sure had some of the best numbers this season and we gave up very little... I think it's a great pickup to get a strong reliever that can add strong innings... 3.30 era and most importantly is opponent batting average is low which means they aren't killing him when he inherits runners in scoring position...

Deborah

If they believe and feel that Andrew Miller has really improved in Double-A, then why is he still there instead of in the big leagues? Why are they getting a lefty in the Orioles pitcher and why is Sean West being called up instead of Andrew? This is ridiculous. Get it over with and let Andrew pitch again in the big leagues and if he is not going to this whole rest of the season let him go to a team that appeciates how he has improved. The Marlins brass don't know what they are doing. They traded Cantu and now Vandenhurk, who is a great pitcher and have not called Andrew Miller up yet. This is a travesty!

Deborah

BY THE WAY, TAYLOR TANKERSELY SUCKS. HE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING WORTHY OF BEING ON THIS TEAM. LET HIM GO!

Front Office Hater

He's so good that no one else wanted him. What a riot that idiot Beinfest is. A typical "Yes" man. Grow some, fool.

CoachG

Vanden hurk is inconsistent and is a dime a dozen...cantu was a serious liabilty who commited 5 errors in two weeks before he left.. Ohman is a guy that the braves had a few years back and was trying to get and ended up getting farnesworth... Don't blame beinfest... The Blame is in loria and that little annoying rat Samson..I see Samson at carls barbershop and just want to pull a Philly fan move and vomit on him.. The marlins could be strong contenders if loria stopped treating the team like a local nu-hope thrift shop...

Ferrigamo05

Coach Guandolo ?

CoachG

No I'm not coach Guandolo... I do know him from playing against him when he was at chaminade.. Great coach.. Heard he got laid off at cypress bay..

Mr. B

We really need a left handed bat for the middle third of the order. Hopefully Morrison will show enough power to hit in the 5 or 6 spot. Maybe it will be worth it eventually move Cody for a lefty bat with a similar skill set as his.

Mr. B

correction *Maybe it will be worth it to eventually move cody for a lefty bat with a similar skill set to his*

jim

Evan Reed, the supposedly healthy one of the two pitchers the Marlins received for Jorge Cantu and $600k just a couple of days ago lasted 1+ innings in his first appearance for the Marlins AA affiliate Jacksonville Suns before having to leave because of an injury.

Reed's partner in the trade it should be noted is already currently unable to pitch, recuperating from Tommy John surgery in March. The Marlins are hoping he'll be ready to begin throwing next spring.

The Suns so far have not released the nature of Reed's injury but he was unable to finish the inning in which it occurred. Time was stopped and an emergency pitcher brought in to replace Reed which held up the game for several minutes.

One side note. Kris harvey who was DFAd by the Marlins just the other day closed the game out for the Suns. Apparently Harvey's DFA was only to remove him from the Marlins 40 man roster and not a first step towards releasing him from the organization.

CoachG

As a general manager I don't care what the upside is.. I wouldn't trade for a guy who is a minor league player and has never proved he can be in the majors and on top of that he is recovering
From a major arm surgery... Think about all the guys who came and
Go... Kid my have great talents but that's a lot to overcome.. Think they could have done better on the cantu trade

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