Rangers Talking Uehara Deal; Jays, Others Interested

The Rangers are discussing reliever Koji Uehara with several teams, one of whom are the Blue Jays, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).  The Red Sox and Orioles were both involved in talks regarding Uehara earlier this winter, with Uehara himself saying he wished to return to Baltimore.

Uehara 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.  Despite his great regular season numbers, he struggled for Texas in the playoffs and was left off the Rangers' World Series roster, leading to speculation that he would be made available by the team in the offseason. 

Uehara, who turns 37 in April, pitched well enough to cause his $4MM option for 2012 to vest.  He also has a limited no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to block deals to six teams, so Uehara has some control over where he would be dealt, if anywhere.

The Jays have already added Sergio Santos, Darren Oliver, Jason Frasor and Aaron Laffey to their bullpen this winter.  In Uehara, Toronto would add to this depth with a right-hander who has enjoyed success in the AL East and some experience (13-of-15 in save opportunities with the O's in 2010) as a closer should Santos struggle.

106 Responses to Rangers Talking Uehara Deal; Jays, Others Interested Leave a Reply

  1. aa 4 years ago

    Hopefully the O’s have enough sense to bring him back.

    • Kurisu Rg 4 years ago

      Maybe the O’s will give us the broken Chris Davis back.
      Nah, we’d rather trade him. He obviously wasn’t happy in Texas last year and missed his apartment in Baltimore… so we’ll just trade him to Arizona, just for being a whiny player.

      • Seanb1223 4 years ago

        I hope the Yankees call JD tonight.

        • Corey Italiano 4 years ago

          I hope they don’t.

        • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

          Koji for Banuelos and Betances or we walk.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            throw in pineda to make it even

          • MB923 4 years ago

            lol you left out Cano and Robertson

          • Kurisu Rg 4 years ago

            We’ll just settle for Sabathia instead, but only if the Yankees pick up 3/4s of his contract.

  2. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    buy high, sell low. works every time

  3. Seanb1223 4 years ago

    Any team that won’t contend this year should be really happy with his performance. Ask the O’s fans.

  4. Rangersfan32 4 years ago

    Yeah I’ll bet Koji isn’t going anywhere. Texas won’t trade him unless they get as much as, or more than, they gave up last year. And let’s face it, his value went down a bit after his last moth or so last season. I think Texas should keep him. Give him time to adjust to pitching in Texas and he’ll be a great piece.

    • aa 4 years ago

       Koji pitching in the summer Texas heat?  I don’t think so. 

      • I bet you’ve never been here.

      • cacavolante 4 years ago

        such a myth about him being unable to pitch in the heat. you have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

        What proof do you have that he can’t do it? I’ll wait.

        • When he was on the O’s he barely lasted 4 innings in a start a few years ago in Texas.

          • cacavolante 4 years ago

            that might be a valuable piece of information if anyone was asking him to pitch 4 innings anymore.

      • It’s funny that all of our starters were highly successful pitching in the heat. It takes some getting use to, but it’s doable.

  5. Bleed_Orange 4 years ago

    I would love to see Koji back in Baltimore but I dont see it happening

  6. Let Koji go back to B’more where there’s no pressure on him to pitch well. That way he’ll be happy.

    • cacavolante 4 years ago

      funny, all the talk about statistical analysis on this site yet koji’s bad luck in  2 months with the rangers makes people want to run him out of town…

      • Bad luck? I loved it when we got Koji, but he held his own pity party after he left Baltimore. I don’t want a player on my team that is going to sit around and feel sorry for himself instead of being focused on helping his team win.

        • cacavolante 4 years ago

          what you said about his reaction to being traded is true but statistically he wasnt much different in texas than he was here other than a few more balls going over the fence.

  7. txranger14 4 years ago

    Rangers maybe trying to free up money for Fielder…

    • They already have the money. Koji’s contract wouldn’t put a dent in Fielder’s salary.

    • ChrisV 4 years ago

      The Orioles already sent over 2 mill to pay for half his contract this year when they made the trade last season. So, that leaves 2 mill to free up…in the scheme of things, that is small especially if you get a MLB ready player in return which will command some salary. 

  8. Oh Boy, Uehara might be coming back to Baltimore! It’s sort of like when “The Rock” finally has come back to (Insert Town Name Here). If the O’s get him back, Duquette will probable spin it as some sort of Angelos Propaganda, saying the owner missed Koji and wanted him back. Angelos never understood why MacPhail traded Koji in the first place. Angelos then will also admit that he really doesn’t know who Koji is/was except that he signed his check every week and just was repeating what Duquette told him to say. Also to deflect the fact the Angels probable will sign Cordero and Red Sox signed Cody Ross.

    • cacavolante 4 years ago

      who gives a damn about cordero or ross and what does either have to do with koji possibly going back to the os? get a freaking grip.

  9. Jose Herrera 4 years ago

    If Uehara wants to go, then deal him, for something good, i doubt Baltimore has something good to offer. maybe a three team deal involving Baltimore, Texas and Toronto, maybe ueahara pin balling from Texas to Toronto to Baltimore and prospects to Texas or good Toronto players.

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      Ohhhh so what you’re saying is the Orioles don’t have any players good enough for the Rangers but Toronto will take those players for the privilege to send good players to Texas? Sure makes sense

    • Baltimore actually has alot of good players.

      • Disgustedfan 4 years ago

        I hope you’re being sarcastic

        • They have alot of good, not great players. Jones, Weiters, Hardy, and Markakis. They have a Reynolds who hit 37 homers.

      • JaysNesan 4 years ago

        Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Uehara

    • JaysNesan 4 years ago

      Good Toronto players? Bautista and Lawrie for Uehara

  10. Guest 4 years ago

    i can see the Rangers freeing up money, by trading Murphy and Uehara.  Saves 8 million and than making a push for Oswalt.  

    • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

      Yeah I could see that too since we currently have only 7 starters. Gotta make it to 10 before ST for a full rotation!

    • Jose Herrera 4 years ago

      Oswalt? i think he was seen more of a “in case darvish doesn’t sign”

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      I seriously doubt Oswalt tries to rebuild value in a hitters park, even if it does mean facing oakland and seattles offense

      • Oswalt is from Texas so it wouldn’t completely surprise me if he wanted to come here. Either way, we just don’t have a “need” for him.

        EDIT: Nevermind, not from Texas. I was mistaken.

        • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

          Roy Oswalt is from Mississippi.

          His ideal situations would probably be Atlanta or St. Louis.

        • he’s not from texas. I think he’s from Mississippi. 

          • My mistake, I guess I had someone else in my mind.

          • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

            Must’ve been that pesky Brad Hawpe.

  11. Eric 4 years ago

    Come on back Koji.

    Remember there is nothing to do in Canada

    • kurtits 4 years ago

      Are you kidding? You go hang out at the hospital… for free!

      • ellisburks 4 years ago

        Also we have Tim Hortons and the Hockey Hall of Fame!

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      Luckily the Jays don’t play in Saskatoon… eh?

      • shockey12 4 years ago

        Saskatoon looks like Vegas compared to Moosejaw

  12. DT Flush234 4 years ago

    Uehara be a good fit for the Cardinals. Cards are looking for a RHP relief pitcher he would be a very good choice

    • I agree. Kozma and Anderson for Koji and 2mil, maybe?

      • cardsfan209 4 years ago

        Seems like a pretty decent deal to me. Kozma and Anderson really have no future in St Louis imo being that the Cardinals have Tyler Greene and Ryan Jackson as potential SS and Tony Cruz, Steven Hill and Robert Stock for C

    • Eric 4 years ago

      Well that wouldnt be Uehara then considering he is a LHP

  13. stuck_in_Romania 4 years ago

    Koji for Mathis!!! Mathis has breakout year and hits .200!!!

  14. As a Ranger fan I sure hope they trade him.  He choked in the spotlight.

    • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

      You’re not even giving him time. He was adjusting to new teammates, coaches, ballpark, fans, oh and I’m pretty sure his family is in Baltimore.

  15. This is one of the few Jon Daniels trades that didn’t pan out. Uehara just isn’t a good fit in Texas, better trade him and free up some cap space before he gives up a ton of homeruns during the year

    • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

      Or we can give him more than a handful of appearances before we call for his head. He wasn’t even that bad for us last year. His ERA was in the mid-2’s after the trade I believe.

      • I agree that he should be giving a few chances to prove himself before they trade him. If he does well than keep him if not then trade him for a left handed reliever. We need at least one lefty

  16. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    ‘ Rangers send Uehara to Jays to Complete Napoli deal ‘

    • JaysNesan 4 years ago

      AA did not get the right return on Napoli’s trade. He should not do the same mistake again giving up good  prospects or players for a 37 years old diminising asset.

  17. Come home Koji. Baltimore loves you.

  18. BirdmanRob 4 years ago

    Koji And Markakis were my favorite Orioles last season, would love to see him back. He would have some company this year too in Wada and Chen

  19. Bobcat297 4 years ago

    I smell another Mike Napoli trade on the way.  We love dealing with Toronto!!

  20. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    chill, just a joke, and I’m a Jays fan

  21. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    Using Yu as a substitute for You is not a joke, it’s just annoying

  22. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    Kill me now

  23. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    I agree with yu

  24. Seanb1223 4 years ago

    Oh no yu didn’t!

  25. tennisace13 4 years ago

    Yu mad?

  26. Kurisu Rg 4 years ago

    Yu’re overreacting

  27. jake robinson 4 years ago

    whats funny? baltimore is his home… he still has a house here and he cried when he found out the orioles had traded him

  28. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Baltimore is where is family is, it has a top school system in the country, a lot to do, a good job market, and is close to DC, Philadelphia, and within driving distance of some nice beaches, hiking areas, etc etc.  Do yourself a favor and actually visit the place before making lame comments like this one.

  29. Jon Melton 4 years ago

    Yu opened the flood gates,  sorry it is annoying 

  30. I would never hurt Yu.

  31. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    poor him!

  32. Seanb1223 4 years ago

    And where there is zero pressure. You look like an ultra-sensitive Baltimorian or whatever one might call citizens of that fine city.

  33. I have nothing against Baltimore, but what does a good job market have to do with an MLB player?

  34. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I’m sure his family would look to work at some point..

    So if this is where they will settle, it would matter. (note I don’t actually think it would be a factor)

  35. cacavolante 4 years ago

    seriously guy, no one’s arguing that the jays arent light yrs ahead of us right now, but you finish 4th every yr. no need to act so superior.

  36. Darvish doesn’t even know Koji. He said it in his interview.

  37. Assuming they’ll be friends because they’re both Japanese is a little ignorant, no?  Oh pundits, you always use the best logic.

  38. ChrisV 4 years ago

    Darvish played with Tateyama on the Nippon-Ham Fighters not Uehara. 

  39. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    This comment makes no sense.. par for the course with you. Troll.

  40. i dont think its so much putting the O’s down as it is laughing at the idea of being sympathetic to a multimillion dollar athlete because he might not get to play close to home. at least thats my view.

    lots of players cry when leaving a city. in the end it doesnt mean much. the guys gonna be on the road half the time during the regular season anyways, and he can go back to baltimore all offseason if he wants

  41. cacavolante 4 years ago

    if i misunderstood what you were saying sorry (took it to mean “poor him” for having a home in baltimore). but go f yourself with the troll garbage.

  42. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    right on hawk…. kinda sad that you actually had to explain that comment to him.

  43. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    poor you

  44. cacavolante 4 years ago

    oh i see what you did there. hahahaha

  45. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    Did those comments really need to be removed? C’mon Mods

  46. Yoshi Tateyama is here. Plus, Colby Lewis speaks Japanese.

  47. Disgustedfan 4 years ago

    Yu killed it

  48. Koji and Tateyama went to the same high school in Japan.

  49. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    You explained why.  Unless Koji wants his kids to grow up there unemployed.   

    Not sure why you don’t think its a factor.  

  50. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    I am not ultra-sensitive.  I am someone who has the guts to defend my city when a lame poster on these boards takes a swing at it. 

  51. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    I believe the correct term is “comment removed.” 

  52. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Mostly because Koji is making a pretty decent paycheck in which I’m sure, no matter what the kids would be okay.

    They’ll have opportunities no matter where they go.

  53. I’m not disagreeing with you, but at the same time, Texas’ employment rate is of the best in the US.

  54. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    Oh believe me I have nothing against Texas, aka the most badass state in the country. 

  55. Rabbitov 4 years ago

    I don’t know how this became a discussion about how to raise families lol, but rich parents, who are good at being parents, want their kids to work, not grow up with a silver spoon. 

  56. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    of course, but they can also afford ivy league educations or to start their own business..

    having money and a high priced education usually means you can work anywhere. thats what i meant.

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