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Bad Ohman: White Sox designate lefty reliever for assignment

Will Ohman
Will Ohman

Veteran left-handed reliever Will Ohman will not be making the trip to New York with the White Sox. While the club is waiting until tomorrow to officially announce a roster move, Ohman told the press that he had been waived.

The move came after another poor outing for the 34 year old against the Twins. He came on in the 8th inning to finish out the blow-out and proceeded to give up 3 runs. He gave up two hits in two innings of work, including a home run, as well as walking one and hitting two others.

Ohman is in the second year of a 2 year, $4 million contract. If another team does not claim him, the White Sox will be responsible for the remainder of his $2.5 million salary.

In 2012, Ohman saw his strikeout rate per 9 innings collapse to 4.39, down from 9.1 K/9 last season (which was in line with his career average). While he kept the walks and hits down, he had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, evident in his 2.03 HR/9. He remained reasonably effective against left-handers but right-handers lit him up.

The White Sox have numerous options in Triple-A to replace Ohman. With two lefties still in their bullpen, the club doesn't necessarily need to replace him with another lefty. Charlie Leesman, Leyson Septimo and Donnie Veal are possibilities from the left side and Deunte Heath, Jhan Marinez and Brian Omogrosso are possibilities from the right side.