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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Brewers Re-Sign Ohka for One Year

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

For the second time this month, the Brewers avoided an arbitration hearing thanks to some after-hours bargaining.

On Wednesday, the team finalized terms of a one-year contract with starter Tomo Ohka, paying the right-hander a base salary of $4.53 million. Ohka can boost that total by hitting three tiers of performance incentives, the first of which kicks in at 185 innings pitched.

For weeks, it had appeared the Brewers were headed to a hearing with Ohka that was scheduled for Thursday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla. Ohka, who is in his final year of arbitration and will become a free agent following the 2006 season, had requested a salary of $5.2 million while the Brewers offered $4.25 million.

"He's a guy who usually gives you a chance to win," general manager Doug Melvin said on Wednesday from Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Ariz., where Brewers pitchers and catchers are required to report on Friday. "Tomo did a good job for us last season after Ben [Sheets] went down."

The Brewers acquired Ohka from the Washington Nationals on June 10 for second baseman Junior Spivey in a deal that bolstered Milwaukee's rotation while opening a position for top prospect Rickie Weeks.

In 22 appearances with the Brewers, including 20 starts, Ohka went 7-6 with a 4.35 ERA. Overall, he was 11-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts and three relief appearances.


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