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Red Sox, Rangers talking Koji Uehara, Jed Lowrie

Dec 7, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Red Sox have joined the Orioles in asking the Rangers about Koji Uehara, and with Texas known to be interested in infielder Jed Lowrie, there would seem to be a fit.

Texas lost faith in Uehara after he got shelled in the postseason, so it’s no surprise that he’s been made available. However, the 36-year-old has posted a 2.56 ERA and an 147/17 K/BB ratio out of the pen the last two years. The Red Sox wouldn’t necessarily see him as a closer, but he’d have a chance to occupy a key role in the seventh and eighth innings.

Lowrie, 27, has struggled to stay healthy as a major leaguer, but he could well be an above average regular at second base or an adequate one at third base if he can shake the injuries. The Rangers would use him as a utilityman. He hit .252/.303/.382 in 309 at-bats for the Red Sox last season.

  1. bobwsc - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    and that dufus writer from Texas will have Lowrie near the top of the MVP list in due time.

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

      That “dufus writer from Texas” is more accomplished than you will ever be, bob.

  2. mirmz - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    In other words, Boston wants Uehara to #Occupythe7thInning

    If he couldn’t handle the pressure of the post-season in Texas – how is he going to handle a whole season in Boston?

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      He would fit right in with that choker team.

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