Ohka, Brewers agree to one-year, $4.53M deal

MILWAUKEE -- Pitcher Tomo Ohka agreed to a one-year, $4.53 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday.

By reaching an agreement Wednesday, the Brewers kept alive a three-year streak of avoiding arbitration with players. The team has not gone to arbitration with any player since general manager Doug Melvin assumed control of baseball operations at the end of the 2002 season.

Ohka asked for $5.2 million in arbitration, and the Brewers offered $4.25 million. The right-hander made $2.75 million last year when he went 7-6 with Milwaukee following a midseason trade with the Washington Nationals. He was 11-9 with a 4.04 ERA for the season.

Ohka can earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 185 and 195 innings and $50,000 for 200 innings.