Sources: Trade talks about Koji Uehara
Reports surfaced earlier in the evening from Japan, saying the club was talking with the Blue Jays about a trade for Uehara. The pitcher has a limited no-trade clause in that he can block a deal to six teams.
The fact that the Rangers are talking about moving Uehara isn't surprising. They've got other right-handed arms for the late innings and Uehara is slated to make $4 million in 2012 after vesting his option during the 2011 season.
Uehara had a 1.72 ERA with Baltimore before the Rangers traded for him just before the trade deadline. He was 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 18 innings (22 games) in the regular season. He pitched in just three postseason games and gave up a home run in each of those outings (one against Tampa Bay and the other two against Detroit in the ALCS). His struggles -- 5 earned runs in 1 1/3 playoff innings (11 batters faced, five hits allowed, two walks) -- forced the club to leave him off the World Series roster.
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