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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Source: Koji Uehara rejects trade to Toronto

By Richard Durrett

Texas Rangers reliever Koji Uehara refused a trade to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a source. Uehara has a limited no-trade clause that includes six teams and Toronto is one of those.

Reports in Japan earlier Tuesday first noted Uehara had refused a trade to the Blue Jays. The Rangers continue to talk to other teams about Uehara, who is slated to make $4 million this season.

A report in Japan said Uehara didn't want to move his family from Baltimore to Toronto.

Uehara struggled with the Rangers after the club obtained him at the trade deadline last year. He was 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 18 innings (22 games) and then wasn’t able to get it done in the playoffs. After allowing five earned runs in 1 1/3 postseason innings in the ALDS and ALCS, Uehara was left off the World Series roster.