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Braves Interested in Ohman

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If you read MLBTR, you might have thought this article was talking about the Braves interest in Nate McLouth, which I could see, however I'm pretty sure Paul Sullivan was referring to an interest in lefty reliever Will Ohman that is coming from the Braves.
McLouth can be had for a middle-relief pitcher like Carmen Pignatiello, Neal Cotts or Will Ohman, who also is drawing interest from Atlanta.
Ohman seems like an interesting buy-low option. He struggled last year with a 4.95 ERA but he did find success as a lefty specialist the two previous years. Even with his struggles this year, most of that came from right-handers, who absolutely demolished him. He wasn't as effective as you might like against lefties, posting a .236 BAA, however that's still not half bad. I'd be willing to chalk this down as a fluke year for Ohman, whose peripherals were surprisingly similar to his more effective years. He's got a fastball that reaches the mid-90's and a nasty slider that just kills left-handers so depending on the price, it seems like a good move. If the Cubs could have Nate McLouth for him though, the price may be a tad out of our range. I'm confident that Wren will bring in another lefty, I'm just not sure it'll be before spring training. If nothing happens this week, I wouldn't be worried.
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