Hideo Nomo got just what he wanted, and so did the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nomo, whose career with the Dodgers came to a sudden end early this week when he was designated for assignment, was dealt to the New York Mets late Thursday in a deal involving four right-handed pitchers."I think the New York Mets were his No. 1 choice," Dodgers general manager Fred Claire said. "This was a win-win proposition for both sides."
Nomo, 29, will be reunited in New York with former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza and pitcher Masato Yoshii, a teammate with the Kintetsu Buffaloes in Japan before Nomo joined the Dodgers in 1995.
Nomo and Yoshii are both represented by Don Nomura and are good friends.
"He's very excited to become a Met," Nomura said. "The Mets are one of the teams he's wanted to play for."
The Dodgers get Dave Mlicki, who turns 30 Monday, and 31-year-old Greg McMichael. Mlicki is 1-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 10 games, all starts. McMichael is 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 22 games, all in relief.
The Mets will also receive 27-year-old reliever Brad Clontz, who has been pitching for the Dodgers' Albuquerque farm club of the Pacific Coast League. Clontz was 2-0 with a 5.66 ERA in 18 games with the Dodgers before being farmed out last month.