Ohka agrees to minor league deal with Blue Jays

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2013 at 10:24 am •  Published: December 12, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Tomo Ohka, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2009, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 37-year-old right-hander was 51-68 for Boston (1999-01), Montreal (2001-04), Washington (2005), Milwaukee (2005-06), Toronto (2007) and Cleveland (2009). He has played in Japan for Yokohama (1995-98 and 2010-11) and Toyama (2013).

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday that Ohka likely would start the season at Double-A New Hampshire.

"We want to see how he does," Anthopoulos said. "There's no downside to us to signing a minor league contract. We know him before: a good athlete, strike-thrower, determined, and we'd like to see if we can get him to bounce back."


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