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A’s among teams pursuing trade for Rangers’ Koji Uehara

Feb 5, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the A’s are among the teams considering a trade for Rangers setup man Koji Uehara. The Orioles have also been identified as a potential suitor.

Uehara posted an uninspiring 4.00 ERA in 18 innings for the Rangers last season after joining the team in a late-July trade from Baltimore. He also surrendered five earned runs on five hits in three postseason relief appearances. Texas would like to get rid of his $4 million salary and maybe score a prospect in return.

Uehara has a stellar 3.13 career ERA, 9.6 K/9 and 1.3 BB/9 since debuting as a big leaguer in 2009. A’s GM Billy Beane is likely viewing the 36-year-old right-hander as potentially attractive mid-season trade bait.

  1. randomdigits - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Really guys ERA in an 18 inning stint?

    Koji had a 11.5K/9 and a .5BB/9 with the Rangers and his WHIP was .778. He got bit by the Gopher ball in Texas pure and simple.

    To say his ERA was “uninspiring” is not delving very deep.

    How did that guy that replaced him on the post season roster do?

    Oh yea….

    • Drew Silva - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      It’s part of the story. If he had better luck, the Rangers probably wouldn’t be shopping him.

      • randomdigits - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        What I am saying is you only told part of the story. From your blurb I would be led to believe that Koji was simply bad in Texas, not that he had some bad luck in regards to homers and that the rest of his stats looked in line with what to expect from him.

        You guys are better then using ERA in small sample to prove something.

    • cur68 - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Now you know why the A’s want him. Looks bad by traditional stats and looks good by saber stats: that WHIP will give Beane such a saber-buzz he’ll think he mistook his viagra for skittles.

      • caymantaxdodgers - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        True

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