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Rangers reliever Koji Uehara wants to be back with Orioles

Oct 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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Koji Uehara struggled following a midseason trade to the Rangers and was left off the World Series roster, and now Brittany Ghiroli of reports that the reliever wants to return to the Orioles next year:

I continue to believe that Koji Uehara will find a way back to the Orioles. … It’s hard to not feel for the guy, particularly because I remember him blinking back tears when he was traded while the team was in New York. … Uehara still owns a home in the area and has talked with people close to him about wanting to return.

Uehara was brilliant in Baltimore and the Orioles would no doubt be open to him returning, but the problem is that he’s under contract for $4 million in 2012 and the Rangers traded for him in part because they wanted the bullpen help for next season. And even while serving up homers in bunches for the Rangers he posted an excellent 24/3 K/BB ratio in 19 innings, so he could have a big role in Texas if given an extended opportunity.

  1. DJ MC - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    The Orioles (and their fans) would welcome you back, Koji. You’ve become a hell of a weapon.

    • dirkified - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      Please take him and his 4mill salary back. He has been AWEFUL for the Rangers. I do like the fire and attitude of the guy though.. But we have 6 guys a LOT better than him on staff..

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        Shocking to know there are players out there who want to play for the O’s

      • SOBEIT - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        It’s hard to imagine you have 6 guys who are better otherwise why trade for him in the first place? Small sample size is a difficult way to judge a relief pitcher who was successful with the Orioles, and statistically was also successful in Texas, except for the homers. 19 innings and 24/3? That’s pretty good. A lot of teams would sign him if the Orioles can’t step up due to salary restrictions….Nationals, Mets, Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox, Yankees, Rockies, Marlins….the list is pretty good. But if Baltimore is where his heart is, can’t argue with that…it’s a great area to live in and play.

        As a Giants fan, I would take him…hard to hit homers at AT&T!

      • miketreedy - Oct 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

        Its not that hard to imagine since he got left off the World Series roster. The Rangers kept 7 RPs and he didn’t make it.

  2. phillphan - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    its easy to pitch in baltimore, the team is terrible and no pressure to perform. texas is good and now the games count and you can see how well he handles that situation

    • miketreedy - Oct 21, 2011 at 10:14 PM

      If he would rather pitch in Baltimore instead of Texas, who is a World Series team, then he obviously doesn’t like the pressure. With that being the case why would the Rangers want him back in 2012. Sayonara Koji.

  3. antlerclaws - Oct 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    I don’t think anyone in Texas thinks Uehara is awful; he’s just had an awful postseason. I have no doubt he’ll come around and be a great reliever next year. But the World Series is the World Series, and they made the right call to not put him on the roster, because, for whatever reason, he just doesn’t have the right stuff right now. Doesn’t mean he’s a bad pitcher, just means that now is not his time, and the World Series is not the venue to let him work his way out of his struggles. And baseball is what it is, players get traded and moved around all the time, so he may as well deal with that reality.

  4. pisano - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    mojorisin… You took the words right out of my mouth.

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