Koji Uehara Rejects Trade To Blue Jays

Rangers reliever Koji Uehara has invoked his no-trade clause to reject a trade to the Blue Jays, reports Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. The right-hander's limited no-trade clause allows him to block trades to six teams, and Toronto is one of those six.

Uehara, who turns 37 in April, posted a 2.35 ERA, an 11.8 K/9 rate, and a phenomenal 9.44 K/BB ratio in 65 games last season with the Orioles and Rangers. His $4MM option for 2012 vested in the process, but the Texas bullpen is starting to get crowded, particularly with righties like Uehara, Joe Nathan, Mike Adams, and Alexi Ogando. The Jays were one of several teams interested in acquiring him, but they have since signed Francisco Cordero.

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  1. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    This had to be yesterday, causing the Cordero signing

  2. meh, 18 ip last year, 37 years old, didn’t make playoff roster, meh …

    • john12121212 4 years ago

      True enough eh. 37yrs old.

    • I know you got the 18IP from looking at just his Texas stats and not noticing that he pitched a bunch for Baltimore last year as well… but where did you come up with him not being on the playoff roster? Sure, he got lit up in the postseason, but he definitely pitched in both the ALDS and ALCS.

    • Koji has random streaks where he can get lit up because of his lack of velocity. Knowing Koji’s durability, I bet fatigue had something to do with it as well. As an Orioles fan, I would take Koji back in a heartbeat. If nothing else, he has a great personality.

  3. Madman2TX 4 years ago

    Wonder what Toronto was offering Texas?

  4. Someone doesn’t like Canadians

    • more like, someone wants to remain on a contender

    • Senor' Allan 4 years ago

      He must not like beaver

      • ellisburks 4 years ago

        Or Beaver Tails. They are amazing. A fresh Beaver Tail while skating on the Ottawa canal is the only good thing about winter.

  5. Controversy! 

  6. Hawkeye250 4 years ago

    This is not going to help the already tense Japanese-Canadian relations…

  7. expos94 4 years ago

    my guess is he probably wanted to win and texas gives him a better shot but who knows maybe he just doesn’t like the city.

  8. makes sense. the guy probably wanted to be a setup man or closer, and the jays have both those positions filled with Santos and Cordero. Unfortunate too cause he’s a damn good pitcher :(

    • I think the block happened earlier in the day, pre-Cordero deal, so I don’t think it affected him choosing to decline the trade..

  9. oseebhai 4 years ago

    It’s going to be funny to hear the chorus of boos next time he comes out of the bullpen for Texas at the skydome. 

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      I doubt the 9,037 fans there will remember

      • BooJays33 4 years ago


        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          how many games do you go to a year to complain about that joke?

          oh but let me guess, parkings expensive and theres too much traffic – _ –

          • Morley C 4 years ago

            I went to 50 games last year, and I’ll openly complain about that joke – your average is about 6000 too low. Edit: actually, average attendance was 22,000, lowest of the year around 11,000…

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            cool, I have season seats..

            and the average is misleading, there’s either 30,000 for weekend or big name teams, or 10,000 for anyone else, or mon-wed.

          • ellisburks 4 years ago

            And that is ticket sales not how many people actually showed up to the game. If they only counted turnstiles it would be waaaaay lower than 22 000.

          • Guest 4 years ago

            depends on the game, they also don’t include free tickets.

            So tickets for players familys, opposition tickets and employee tickets all don’t count

      • $5427573 4 years ago

        Je me souviens.  lol I will remember!

      • oseebhai 4 years ago

        TO fans have good memories when it comes to players who didn’t want to play here, we still boo Mcgrady!

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          Raptors fan should boo the management for not trading Carter instead of Mcgrady!

      • Guest 4 years ago


      • JP 4 years ago

        Meh.  Not many teams would draw well after no playoff races in 19 years.

  10. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago


  11. oseebhai 4 years ago

    I’m pretty sure he rejected it before Cordero was signed

  12. Josh Feitknecht 4 years ago

    He already said he’d prefer to go back to the Orioles if that was a possibility. I say they contact them and see if they want him back. Im a Sox fan and I dont care what he does but he made that clear a few days ago

    • Yeah I wonder if the O’s inquire.  They could put him at closer and move JJ back to the 8th.  Kevin Gregg to AAA (I can dream, right?)

      • Please. Kevin Gregg for Koji.
        Well, I can dream, can’t i?

        • There’s a difference between dreaming and ‘we have this nice padded room over here for you’

    • Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

      I remember reading that too… Nothing against the city of Baltimore or the Orioles for that matter – I’m a Cubs fan, I can empathize with your continued mediocrity – but why the heck would he want to go back to Baltimore? 

      • danumd87 4 years ago

        His kids are in Baltimore and he doesn’t want to move his family. Also, baltimore is a great city. The inner harbor alone had as many happy memories for me a a child and young man as many people will experience in a lifetime. It grows on you and when baseballv was big in Baltimore it was even more energetic and special.

      • Koji really loved Baltimore for some reason. I think he had a lot of friends on the team. Could also be the fact that Baltimore gave him the chance to pitch in the majors, I seem to remember him mentioning that (through his interpreter) when he got traded.

  13. So with this limited no trade clause…..can Uehara in theory reject up to 6 proposed trades as they are in the works? Or does he have to make a list of 6 teams before all of this? 

    • limited NTC lets the player reject trades to teams determined prior to signing the contract

      • Okay i figured that…but does Uehara’s agent keep this list in a manilla folder hidden behind a painting in JD’s office? Obviously the Rangers didnt know.

        • I don’t think there is a physical list, he can reject them as they are presented to him up to six times so I’m assuming he’s got 5 more teams to reject with this clause. Seems like the Rangers should ask before working out a deal to avoid wasting time.

          • It may depend on the contract.  With Greinke’s contract with the Royals he could specifically block some teams such as the Yankees/Red Sox and a couple other big markets.  He actually did have a list of teams specified in the contract but not all were made public I believe.

        • PushDown 4 years ago

          A no-trade clause doesn’t gurantee a player is not going to that team, it’s just that he wants to be able to make the final decision in a trade. Even with the no-trade clause, Koji could have still ended up in Toronto if he had said yes. 

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      I assume before hand or else it would just be a full no trade

  14. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Are the Cardinals one of the six?

  15. toronto didnt even need him. We need a LHP pitcher in the bullpen and starter!!!!

  16. Rangersfan32 4 years ago

    Don’t get this at all. Give him a chance. We don’t have any lefty relievers right now. Koji is pretty Dan good against lefties. Win-win for both parties.

  17. Who didn’t see this coming? He will reject every 100% non-contender unless its the O’s, and the Cordero signing probably came after the initial Uehara block, as in Cordero was the Jays’ backup plan…

    • $5427573 4 years ago

      It’s probably just the other AL East teams and maybe a couple more

      • danumd87 4 years ago

        Don’t ignore his being Japanese. Thats a big factor. West coast cities are likely ok. Same with NY. I would guess midwest and Canada are out. So probably some combination of Toronto, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas city, houston, cinci, and Colorado.

        • $5427573 4 years ago

          West coast cities make sense with the larger Asian populations, but Toronto is one of the most multiculturally diverse cities in the world.

        • WestCoastJaysFan 4 years ago

          Strange, considering Toronto and Vancouver are the only Canadian cities the Japanese know about.

          • danumd87 4 years ago

            Its still not the coast. Toronto is great, but its that much farther and its no CA or NY.

    • JaysNesan 4 years ago

      He wasn’t part of Texas’s playoff roaster. Contenders won’t add him in their playoff roater

      • He pitched in the playoffs.  He got shelled, but he pitched in the ALCS and the ALDS.  Just not the World Series but it is the same roster for the whole playoffs.

  18. Joe Costner 4 years ago

    would he accept a trade to the nats?  he would be close to baltimore which he really is attatched to

    • TophersReds 4 years ago

      Too bad close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

      • TophersReds 4 years ago

        Really, I edited my comment to get rid of a “-” and it gets flagged for review? This is getting a little out of control if you ask me.

  19. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    He’s much better than cordero, but cordero didn’t cost prospects. So i’m okay with this.. it is what it is.

  20. Benny 4 years ago

    It was hard enough to come to the states to play and now you want to ship him back out of the states, to Canada?
    You know damn right he ain’t agreeing to that lol.

  21. I’m okay with Texas trading him away because he didn’t preform as well as he was expected to considering what we gave up for him. He seemed to give up a lot of homers, and did it in the playoffs too. I watched him when he was an O and he was awesome but didn’t do that here. He was still good though, but if he gets back to being great, better for us. I don’t want them to just give him away though.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      you appear to have multiple personality disorder. say hi to everyone for me

  22. ugotrpk3113 4 years ago

    Red Sox? Would be a nice piece for the pen.

  23. Finally, Koji has said “NO” to Toronto!

  24. Reason he reject this trade is simple. There’s no personal state income tax in state of Texas. And it’s about 45% in Toronto. That’s roughly 1.8 million in difference. 

    • Or…….. he just didn’t want to go to Toronto.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      thats not a 1.8 diference..

      when you play away games you pay your income comes from that state and pay taxes there.

      So only half of his salary would be taxed by Canada

      • $5427573 4 years ago

        That’s gotta be pretty damn complicated when I comes down to factoring all the different state taxes into their salaries then.  Wow

    • WestCoastJaysFan 4 years ago

      Not sure how tax laws work with other countries, but I know if you’re a Canadian citizen working outside of Canada (and getting paid in foreign currency) you don’t pay tax as long as you have a foreign bank account.  Feds can’t touch it.

  25. BirdmanRob 4 years ago

    He must really want to come back to Baltimore.  Im with it

  26. JaysNesan 4 years ago

    Uehara should have respected the integrity of the trade between Texas and Orioles before he used his no trade clause. Texas gave up two good pieces: Tommy Hunter and Davis, assuming he will be effective in Texas but he couldn’t perform well in Texas. Now Texas wants to get some return by trading him. The plan was to trade one of the MLB team not to trade Japanese or Korean leagues.  

  27. As well as PIPPI and TITO. 

  28. Garafraxaguy 4 years ago

    He doesn’t like the cold climate, cause he cant wear his fwip fwops.

  29. Have some class

  30. pennypincher 4 years ago

    Why like Justin Bieber?

  31. Rashomon 4 years ago

    Have you been taking a nap? Justin comes from America’s Cap!

  32. pennypincher 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t pay attention to the kid even if i had the time. I would much prefer a nice and quiet mime. What some perceives as talent, others receive his torment.

  33. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    ….and some better trolls

  34. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    giving prince 9/220 would have been genius. you were right all along

  35. Garafraxaguy 4 years ago

    Really dude? Your Twitter timeline is full of class

  36. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    Does Uehara have a speech impediment?

  37. lmao do you follow me?

  38. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    hes a pretty good one no?

  39. What is an Expo by the way? I always wondered

  40. Garafraxaguy 4 years ago

    I sure do. Wouldn’t dare miss your musings 

  41. Im glad you appreciate them. Tweet at me so i can appreciate yours as well

  42. shockey12 4 years ago

    I believe they were named after the Expo ’67 in Montreal

  43. Hal Jordan 4 years ago

    Short for exposition. 

  44. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    Montreal had 1967 World “Expo”sition….MLB awarded franchise to Montreal around that time.  Franchise named Expos to commemorate Expo 67

  45. Wow….they couldnt think of something more intimidating?

  46. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    He must be mediocre if he is trolling Toronto…The good trolls are too expensive for Toronto

  47. vtadave 4 years ago

    Ah yeah PIPA, hotter Middleton sister.

  48. Coollet 4 years ago

    Awwww, its nice when trolls fall in love

  49. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    you mad?

  50. safari_punch 4 years ago

    How about a guillotine?

  51. randomkeys 4 years ago

    More intimidating, like… SOCKS?

  52. TheBunk 4 years ago

    Do you watch the same league that we do? Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Royals, Twins, Athletics, Brewers, etc.

  53. Because if anything strikes fear into the hearts of an enemy, it is the fury of the dreaded….cardinal.

  54. I was really confused when people told me to tell my congressman about PIPA.  I figured he watched the Royal Wedding just like I did.

  55. Coollet 4 years ago

    I heard thats what caused the Expos to leave

  56. ellisburks 4 years ago

    That was actually the Marlin’s owner.

  57. Rashomon 4 years ago

    I think we each edited our own post and out of each, made the most!

  58. pennypincher 4 years ago

    Few things are enjoyable as a play using words, anywhere from real life to MLBTR boards.

  59. danumd87 4 years ago

    Trolls found love in a hopeless place

  60. roomwithamoose 4 years ago

    hey cardinals can peck your eyes out they are vicious godless killing machines

  61. Well, no one expects the spanish inquisition now do they? 

  62. Kodiak34 4 years ago

    It’s Pippa for the Middleton Sister….

  63. In a world…

  64. MadmanTX 4 years ago

    I still haven’t heard what Toronto was offering for Uehara and I was intrigued.

  65. JaysNesan 4 years ago

    I think he doesn’t want to play for Jays which is located in Canada. The NTC gives too much leverage to player eventhough it was signed with the original team he played at first. Now Rangers are forced to trade him to the team he wants without getting reasonable return. Assume, the team he wants to go is Orioles, which will end up with Uehara, Tommi Hunter, an Davis not giving up much to Rangers

  66. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    What Jays forum? The one on mlbtr hasn’t had a new post in a month.

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