Monday, January 23, 2012
Sources: Trade talks about Koji Uehara
By Richard Durrett
The Rangers have talked to other clubs about trading reliever Koji Uehara, according to sources.
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.