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June 8, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Here’s an arm

Look, I’m not exactly pounding the pavement shilling for this guy, but Tomo Ohka is one of the starters the Mariners considered signing over the winter. Hey, you’ve all asked me whether there were any more arms the M’s could take a look at. Well, he’s just been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. In other words, he won’t cost much. Is he any good? His numbers aren’t all that great. But he’s gone at least seven innings in three of his 10 starts. If Jeff Weaver can’t get the job done upon his return, it couldn’t hurt to take a look at him.
Inside word out of Toronto is that Ohka was very unhappy with the Jays — and that was before some of his very mediocre starts this month. Didn’t feel comfortable in that organization. Maybe this is a case where a change of scenery would benefit a guy. Yes, he walks as many guys as he strikes out and that’s never good. But that ability to go seven innings still intrigues me. He’s pitched well against the Red Sox and Twins at times, so there is potential there. Not a Cy Young Award candidate by any stretch. But if the M’s decide Weaver isn’t getting any better and Horacio Ramirez remains weeks away on the DL, perhaps — and this is only a perhaps — Ohka is worth a very cheap look?
Hey, some of you don’t want to trade Ichiro. Can’t say I blame you. Here’s a starting pitcher who can chat with Ichiro in the clubhouse and won’t cost nearly as much as he might have this past winter (which wasn’t much to begin with). I’m talking a one, or two-start audition. What’s the downside? First, let’s see how Weaver looks tomorrow.

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