Thursday, December 23, 2004

Ohka's Playing Hardball

In the article announcing Schneider’s signing, they reveal that the team isn’t close to a settlement with Tomo Ohka. It appears that they’ll probably have to go to arbitration.

One of the big problems with going to arbitration is that it sometimes poisons the relationship with the club. At the hearing, the player is ripped by the team, trying to assert that there’s nothing special about him, while the player’s agent makes the case for sainthood. The adversarial relationship certainly can’t be good for future negotiations.

Ohka’s a very solid pitcher, who we can probably pencil in for a sub-4.00 ERA.

On the bright side, Bowden claims that they’re making progress on the negotiations with the rest of the arbitration-eligibles: Johnson, Wilkerson and Armas.


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