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?