Texas gets good value in Koji Uehara deal

Updated: July 30, 2011, 9:27 PM ET
By Keith Law

I'd rather have Koji Uehara than the bigger-name reliever on the market, Heath Bell, and the Texas Rangers managed to acquire Uehara without giving up a top prospect as they would likely have had to do to get Bell, while the Baltimore Orioles get two interesting fliers who no longer fit in Texas.

Uehara is an extreme control artist who survives with a fastball that tops out around 90 or 91 and mostly sits in the upper 80s. He locates it extremely well and offsets it with an above-average splitter that doesn't have the sharp "bottom" of most splitters, but that always moves down and often ends up right at the hitter's knees.