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Koji Uehara rejected a trade to the Blue Jays

Jan 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara and apparently found a palatable deal for him, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the 36-year-old reliever rejected a trade to Toronto.

Uehara’s contract–which was signed with the Orioles–includes a limited no-trade clause consisting of six teams and unfortunately for the Rangers the Blue Jays are on the list.

According to Durrett the Rangers will continue to shop Uehara around, as they seem intent on moving his $4 million salary after he quickly fell out of favor down the stretch last season (Toronto, however, has moved on by signing Francisco Cordero).

With a 2.56 ERA and 140/14 K/BB ratio in 109 innings during the past two seasons plenty of teams should be willing to take Uehara off the Rangers’ hands if the asking price is minimal.

  1. lyon810 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    any reason why he didn’t want to go to Toronto? I know it’s in the contract with Baltimore likely because they’re a division rival, but why would he not waive it?

    • donniebb23 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      The trade clause is on his part, not the Orioles, and I doubt he would care whether he’s being traded to a division rival. My guess is he’s anti-Canadian. The nerve.

      • shaneleavitt - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        I thought last night I saw someone mention it was family related somehow.

      • randomdigits - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        It is family related, he doesn’t want to have to move them to Canada. There is also the scary truth that Koji would prefer to go back to Baltimore so it is conceivable that he would have refused any team on his list to try and force Texas to ship him back to Baltimore.

    • jjschiller - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Visa issues? He’s Japanese, probably has a US work Visa. Maybe too much complication to work in Canada when he’s already under a contract, and guarenteed to be paid by one of the other 29 teams.

      • brianabbe - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Except for the fact that you still need at least a temporary Visa to play in Toronto either way for road games. Somehow I’m guessing the Visa isn’t the issue.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Yea he is a pretty good player and didnt want to get sent to Siberia and be with a team that finishes in 4th place every year and never be heard from again. Who can blame him?

  2. cur68 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    So lets see: take a trade off of a team that came within a gnats arse of winning the Series to a team that hasn’t contended in decades? Leave the team that just acquired your countryman, Yu Darvish, arguably one of Japan’s most famous young athletes? I’d be pretty surprised if he hadn’t exercised a no trade clause (although I’m frankly stunned he even has one. Nice work with that Orioles FO)

  3. drunkenhooliganism - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Poutine goes right to his thighs

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      I think that his family lives in Baltimore and he wants to be traded back there.

    • missthemexpos - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      Canadian back bacon goes right to his butt.

  4. dcfan4life - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Torontos colder than most other cities. Weather and location im sure played the part of the 6 cities he rejected.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      Have you heard about the roof on the stadium in Toronto?

      • Ben - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        They should build a roof over Toronto

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Have you heard about the last time the bluegays made the playoffs? Yikes!! Good players dont want to play on lousy teams thats why he said NO THANKS!!

    • randomdigits - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Actually Koji wilts in the heat.

  5. aschwartz2011 - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Maybe he doesn’t want to move from a place with no state income tax (Texas) to a country with a higher tax rate…

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Doesn’t matter. Texas still plans to trade him.

    • cur68 - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Tax rate is about the same (adjusted ~ 38%): we just make the rich & corporations pay them, too.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Not according to this-

      • aschwartz2011 - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I would guess his tax rate is probably between 25-30% which would be a 400kish reduction at 38%…Also the sales tax is lower here…

        @proudlycanadia- maybe he is trying to force his way to somewhere with a similarly low tax rate (FL?)

        Or maybe he just doesn’t want to go to Canada (I myself love Canada, especially BC) but maybe he doesn’t.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:20 PM

  6. deathmonkey41 - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Most players have no trade clauses for teams like the Yanks, Red, and Phillies because they know they’re usually in contention and looking to trade for players late in the year. This way, they have leverage to say, I’ll waive the no trade clause if you sign me to an extension or something. I’m thinking this has something to do with either family or money he’ll lose.

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