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Koji Uehara turned down deal to Blue Jays, but still likely to be traded by Rangers

Jan 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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Koji Uehara exercised his limited no-trade clause by turning down a trade to the Blue Jays earlier this week, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that there’s still “a pretty good chance” the Rangers will end up dealing the 35-year-old reliever.

Uehara struggled after coming over from the Orioles in a July 30 deal for Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter, but he was excellent for the previous one-and-a-half seasons and is owed a reasonable $4 million in 2012.

Texas has no shortage of bullpen options and immediately lost faith in Uehara, but he could help plenty of teams as a setup man after posting a 2.56 ERA and incredible 140/14 K/BB ratio since switching to the bullpen full time in 2010.

  1. Panda Claus - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I think Baltimore would like him back, but it seems like Texas wants to reclaim some of the bounty they gave up to get Koji last year. In other words, the Orioles aren’t going to get him cheap, whereas other teams might pay less.

  2. kiwicricket - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Allergic to beaver?

    • cur68 - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Probably allergic to leaving a team with Yu Darvish on it for one that hasn’t contended in 20 years. Can’t say as I blame him. Good luck with that, Koji.

  3. sknut - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    He would be a good fit for the Twins, but they had to have Matt Capps.

    • kiwicricket - Jan 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      No one should have to have Matt Capps.

      • tcostant - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Can you believe that the Nationals gor Ramos for him…

  4. dowhatifeellike - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I’ll take him back in Baltimore. The guy wilts in the heat so Texas was dumb to trade for him in the first place; I heard that he cried when he found out he was going to Texas. He’s injury prone so you can’t get more than 3 or 4 innings a week from him, but when he’s healthy and comfortable he can be very, very good.

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