The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to a salary arbitration hearing this afternoon, the first one of the year in MLB.
When salary figures were exchanged in mid-January, the Pirates offered $1.4 million and Ohlendorf’s camp asked for $2.025 million. The three-man panel will choose one figure or the other and announce its decision Wednesday.
It was the Pirates’ first hearing since 2004, when Jack Wilson won his case and got $1.85 million.
Last season, Ohlendorf made $439,000. Injuries to his back and shoulder limited him to just 21 starts, and the right-hander went 1-11 with a 4.07 ERA.
“It made for a season that wasn’t very fun, only getting one win,” Ohlendorf said. “But I don’t evaluate myself on the record so much as on other things. I’m really excited about (the 2011) season. I’m looking forward to getting back out there so the negative parts of 2010 can kind of go away.”
Ohlendorf, who has 2.135 years of service time, became arbitration eligible as a “Super Two” player — he ranked among the top 17 percent in service time among players with between two and three years’ service who were on the active roster for at least 86 days in the previous season.