Ross Ohlendorf won his arbitration case today and will earn $2.025M in 2011, with three arb seasons remaining.
Yah, a lot for one win in 2010, but the thing that pitchers have the least control over is their victory total. His ERA and WAR made him worth the salary he got in the judges' eyes.
He could get expensive if he puts together a couple of injury free seasons and stays around the 4.00 ERA level. But the Pirates did, at least to us, low-ball him. It's a situation the FO is going to have to learn to cope with. When guys perform, they'll have to be paid.
(Paul Swydan of Fangraphs lays out some comparisons and the likely arguments presented to the panel and why he thinks Ohlie won.)