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Mets Turn Their Attention to Ohka

Shari ForstThursday, January 4, 2007
By Shari Forst

Barry Zito is now a distant memory for Minaya and the Mets, so I am now reading that they have turned their attentions to Tomo Ohka.

In 2005 Ohka went 11-9 with a 4.04 ERA, last season he went 4-5 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts. He's not awful, but to me these are Steve Trachsel numbers.

I would much rather see guys like Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey and Phillip Humber duke it out for the last two spots in the rotation than make a deal for a mediocre 31 year old right hander.

Granted Omar Minaya know Ohka from his stint as GM with the Expos when Ohka was there, so maybe he knows something we don't.

While I give Minaya credit for seeing more than meets the eye, I think the Mets are better off honing their young talent rather than paying big money for a back end of the rotation guy who is nothing special.

According to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, Ohka's trade from the Nationals to the Brewers was a result of his defiance against National's manager Frank Robinson. This doesn't endear him to me either-why go after a mediocre problem child?

About Shari: Hi, I'm Shari Forst-my friends and family call me "Shaz", I am a musician who plays the drums and bass guitar, and life long sports nut. I have been a fan of the New York Mets since 1977 when I was 10 years old, and a a fan of the Jets and Giants and NY Rangers since then too. One of my dreams was to become a rock star, but since that hasn't happened yet I'm living my second dream of being a sports writer for MVN where I cover the NY Mets, NY Jets and the NY Rangers. I am also a frequent commentator on the High Heat Radio Show with Jay Hardin, and Life's A Pitch on sportstalkcleveland.com.

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Comments (5)

He's ok but I too would rather see the kids give it a go.....

sorry about anonymus on that :)

Let's all give Tomo Ohka an enthusiastic "meh".

Besides, his name is too close to an anagram of "tomahawk", and no Mets fan wants to go anywhere near that.

Well... 2005's 11-9 don't look so bad, and it's only money so what the heck, why not. Sign Ohka and get Armas also, we have money to spend and we will still have the kids.

Hi Bean- I'm with you, I would rather put that money to better use when it's needed.

NostraDennis-I just feel that mediocrity is just too well compensated financially these days-

Rev Al- As I said to Bean, I would much rather put the money to better use-even though Valentin resigned, it still doesn't solve the problem of second base down the road, and the outfield situation will need another overhaul very soon, I don't expect Alou to be here in 2008, and who knows what they will do with Green. I'd much rather see the kids get the roatation spots than over pay for someone like Ohka.

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