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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120 Comments on "Koji Uehara Rejects Trade To Blue Jays"


Shawnthemon
3 years 7 months ago

This had to be yesterday, causing the Cordero signing

3 years 7 months ago

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

john12121212
3 years 7 months ago

True enough eh. 37yrs old.

3 years 7 months ago

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.

3 years 7 months ago

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.

Madman2TX
3 years 7 months ago

Wonder what Toronto was offering Texas?

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Mike Napoli last year

johnsmith4
3 years 7 months ago

AA to Texas: Jeff Mathis > Mike Napoli

3 years 7 months ago

Someone doesn’t like Canadians

3 years 7 months ago

more like, someone wants to remain on a contender

Senor' Allan
3 years 7 months ago

He must not like beaver

ellisburks
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

Controversy! 

Hawkeye250
3 years 7 months ago

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

expos94
3 years 7 months 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.

MrBaseball29
3 years 7 months ago

Since when has Texas won anything?

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 7 months ago

Alcs

3 years 7 months ago

2 divisions and 2 pennants back to back years. Pretty good.

expos94
3 years 7 months ago

in 2012 whose more likely to win the world series. blue jays or rangers?
i’d imagine in vegas the odds would heavily favour texas

3 years 7 months ago

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 :(

3 years 7 months ago

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..

oseebhai
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

I doubt the 9,037 fans there will remember

BooJays33
3 years 7 months ago

lame.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

Je me souviens.  lol I will remember!

oseebhai
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

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

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

lol

JP
3 years 7 months ago

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

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Weird

oseebhai
3 years 7 months ago

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

Josh Feitknecht
3 years 7 months 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

3 years 7 months 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?)

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

101andCounting
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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.

3 years 7 months ago

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? 

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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.

3 years 7 months ago

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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

Are the Cardinals one of the six?

3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

this was probably instead of cordero

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

you have Laffey for the ‘pen if you count him

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months ago

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

danumd87
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

danumd87
3 years 7 months ago

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

JaysNesan
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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.

Joe Costner
3 years 7 months ago

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

TophersReds
3 years 7 months ago

Too bad close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

TophersReds
3 years 7 months 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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

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

Benny
3 years 7 months 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.