The Pirates are among at least eight teams interested in right-handed starting pitcher Tomo Ohka, according to the Post-Gazette. Ohka is a free agent who made over 4 million dollars last year and could command as much as 7 or 8 million per year with his next contract.
Ohka, 30, went 4-5 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers last season, one in which he missed two months to a shoulder impingement. Over eight years, he has a 48-57 record and 4.04 ERA.
With the market for pitchers the way it is this off-season, it seems as though the money that Ohka will command will stun many for a guy who's career record is below .500. The Cubs have reportedly offered Jason Schmidt 44 mill over 3 years, that's almost 15 per. The Phillies have given Adam Eaton 8 mill a year for the next 3. If the Pirates are going to sign Ohka or Suppan, they will most likely have to cough up around 20 mill over the next 3 years. That's the business of baseball right now, like it or not and the Pirates most certainly do not like it. I have to imagine that Suppan will command a higher price and more suitors than Ohka, therefore you would think that Ohka would be more of a possibility for the Bucs. However, Suppan has publicly stated that he loved his time in Pittsburgh and that his affection for the city would play a part in his decision.