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Orioles likely to let Koji Uehara walk despite relief success

Nov 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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Koji Uehara has struggled to stay off the disabled list in two years with the Orioles, but the 35-year-old right-hander thrived after moving to the bullpen full time this season with a 2.86 ERA and 55/5 K/BB ratio in 44 innings.

He converted 13-of-15 save opportunities, held opponents to a .220 batting average, finished the season with 32 straight walk-less appearances, and had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the entire league among pitchers with 40-plus innings, ahead of even Cliff Lee.

However, according to Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com “the Orioles haven’t made much of an attempt to re-sign him.” Because of his age and injury history Uehara is definitely a risk, but if the Orioles let him walk my guess is several contenders would line up for the chance to give him an incentive-laden one-year contract as a setup man.

  1. Charles Gates - Nov 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Koji’s a Type B free agent. Someone will sign him, and McPhail will have a shiny new draft pick to play with. Good move.

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