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.


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106 Comments on "Rangers Talking Uehara Deal; Jays, Others Interested"


aa
3 years 7 months ago

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

Kurisu Rg
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

I hope the Yankees call JD tonight.

Corey Italiano
3 years 7 months ago

I hope they don’t.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Koji for Banuelos and Betances or we walk.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

throw in pineda to make it even

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

lol you left out Cano and Robertson

Kurisu Rg
3 years 7 months ago

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

buy high, sell low. works every time

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

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

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

Oh, and the Rangers fans.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

I bet you’ve never been here.

cacavolante
3 years 7 months ago

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

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

cacavolante
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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.

Bleed_Orange
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

cacavolante
3 years 7 months 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…

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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.

txranger14
3 years 7 months ago

Rangers maybe trying to free up money for Fielder…

3 years 7 months ago

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

ChrisV
3 years 7 months 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. 

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

he just likes to hear himself talk

Jose Herrera
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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

3 years 7 months ago

Baltimore actually has alot of good players.

Disgustedfan
3 years 7 months ago

I hope you’re being sarcastic

3 years 7 months ago

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

JaysNesan
3 years 7 months ago

Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter for Uehara

JaysNesan
3 years 7 months ago

Good Toronto players? Bautista and Lawrie for Uehara

Guest
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months ago

Roy Oswalt is from Mississippi.

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

Must’ve been that pesky Brad Hawpe.

Eric
3 years 7 months ago

Come on back Koji.

Remember there is nothing to do in Canada

kurtits
3 years 7 months ago

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

ellisburks
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

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

shockey12
3 years 7 months ago

Saskatoon looks like Vegas compared to Moosejaw

DT Flush234
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

cardsfan209
3 years 7 months 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
3 years 7 months ago

Well that wouldnt be Uehara then considering he is a LHP

smokinjays
3 years 7 months ago

No, he’s a righty…

3 years 7 months ago

He was implying that Koji is better at getting lefties out than righties.

J. C. Hahne
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Rangers owe the jays one back for sure

3 years 7 months ago

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

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

‘ Rangers send Uehara to Jays to Complete Napoli deal ‘

JaysNesan
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

Come home Koji. Baltimore loves you.

BirdmanRob
3 years 7 months 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

Bobcat297
3 years 7 months ago

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

Shawnthemon
3 years 7 months ago

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

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

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

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 7 months ago

Kill me now

Shawnthemon
3 years 7 months ago

I agree with yu

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

Oh no yu didn’t!

tennisace13
3 years 7 months ago

Yu mad?

Kurisu Rg
3 years 7 months ago

Yu’re overreacting

Jake Robinson
3 years 7 months 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

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months 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.

Jon Melton
3 years 7 months ago

Yu opened the flood gates,  sorry it is annoying 

3 years 7 months ago

I would never hurt Yu.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

poor him!

seanb1223
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months 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)

cacavolante
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

ChrisV
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

cacavolante
3 years 7 months 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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

poor you

cacavolante
3 years 7 months ago

oh i see what you did there. hahahaha

Shawnthemon
3 years 7 months ago

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

3 years 7 months ago

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

Disgustedfan
3 years 7 months ago

Yu killed it

3 years 7 months ago

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

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

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

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

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months 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. 

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

I believe the correct term is “comment removed.” 

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months 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.

3 years 7 months ago

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

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months ago

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

Rabbitov
3 years 7 months 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. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months 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.