Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
Posted: 12:13 p.m. Updated: 2:51 p.m.By Angie Wiatrowski
As first reported by SI.com's Jon Heyman, MLB.com confirmed that the White Sox have signed former Cub reliever Will Ohman to a two-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth up to 4 million pending a physical.
Ohman was 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 68 games split between the Orioles and Marlins last season. He was originally selected in the 8th round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, spending all of 1998 and 1999 in the minor league system.
He made his major league debut in 2000 and was sidelined from 2002-2004 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He pitched for the Iowa Cubs in 2004 and was called up from the minors in April of 2005.
During eight seasons, Ohman produced a 4.09 ERA with 269 strikeouts over 273 innings.
The 33-year-old reliever fills the need of a left-hander for the White Sox to complete their bullpen changeover which includes the addition of Jesse Crain and the departures of Bobby Jenks, Scott Linebrink, and J.J. Putz.
The 2018 MLB All-Star Game lineups are out for the American and National League, and one former White Sox pitcher makes history.
Javier Baez, in his first All-Star appearance, was tabbed to lead off for the NL. Catcher Willson Contreras, also in his first Midsummer Classic, will hit ninth.
As for the White Sox, starting first basemen Jose Abreu is the lone Sox representative. He will bat eighth for the American League.
For both the AL and NL, the starting lineups look like this.
In a repeat of last year’s starting pitching matchup, the Nationals’ Max Scherzer and former Sox ace Chris Sale will oppose each other for the second consecutive season.
For Sale, this marks his third straight season starting the Midsummer Classic—a feat that hasn’t been done in over 50 years.
The 2018 Home Run Derby starts Monday night at 7 p.m., and Cubs Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber have picked who will be their pitchers.
Baez has chosen his brother Gadiel, while Schwarber selected Mike Sanicola, who played at the University of Miami and is a friend of Schwarber’s agent, Jason Romano.
Gadiel does have a baseball background in his back pocket. After playing baseball in high school, he played at Cowley College (JUCO), Tabor College (NAIA) and played in an independent league for two years.
It’ll be a first time experience for both Baez and Schwarber, who are the first Cubs to participate in the Home Run Derby since Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant did it back in 2015.
Could Baez or Schwarber be the home run king? Will just have to wait and see.