Orioles, Hendrickson get contract wrapped up

He could join today's other left-handed reliever signing, Ohman, in bullpen

February 09, 2010|By From staff reports

The Orioles today announced they have re-signed free agent left-handed pitcher Mark Hendrickson to a one-year contract for the 2010 season with a club option for the 2011 season. Details of the contract were worked out last week pending a physical.

Earlier today the team announced it had agreed on a deal with 32-year old left-hander Will Ohman.

Hendrickson, 35, went 6-5 with a 4.37 ERA in 53 games, including 11 starts, for the Orioles in 2009. In 42 relief appearances, Hendrickson was 4-0 with a 3.44 ERA. Hendrickson is the only major league pitcher to make at least 10 starts and five relief appearances in each of the last four seasons.

In eight major league seasons, Hendrickson is 56-68 with a 5.00 ERA in 268 games. In his 103 relief appearances in the big leagues, he has a 3.40 ERA. In his career, Hendrickson has held left-handed batters to a .261 average (271-1039).

Hendrickson, who resides in York, made his major league debut with Toronto in 2002, and in addition to his time with the Marlins and Blue Jays, he has played for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 6-foot-9 left-hander is the tallest player in Orioles history and will wear jersey number 27.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Hendrickson, the Orioles designated right-handed pitcher ARMANDO GABINO for assignment. Gabino was claimed on waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Nov. 9, 2009.

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