PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 21: Starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 21, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox and Ross Ohlendorf have agreed to a minor league contract, according to MLBTR. The deal was first reported by MLB Network's Peter Gammons, and the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham confirmed that Ohlendorf is at Boston's camp in Fort Myers, Fla.
Ohlendorf, 29, was once viewed as a potential long-term piece for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After struggling badly in his first extended stint in the majors in 2008, Ohlendorf made 29 starts for Pittsburgh in 2009 and posted a 3.92 ERA along the way. He followed that up with a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts with the Pirates the following season.
Despite that initial success, his peripheral statistics were always underwhelming, and then in 2011 the wheels totally came off. He made just nine starts for the Pirates, putting up a 8.15 ERA before eventually being sent to the minor leagues. The Pirates released him after those struggles, but the velocity is still there and he does give Boston a relatively young arm to play around with.