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A’s “getting close” to acquiring Koji Uehara from Rangers

Feb 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara all offseason and they may have finally found a taker, as Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Rangers are “getting close” to trading him to the A’s.

Uehara almost immediately fell out of favor with the Rangers after they acquired him from the Orioles for Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis on July 30, but his $4 million salary for this season is plenty reasonable for a guy with a 2.56 ERA and remarkable 140/14 K/BB ratio in 109 innings during the past two seasons.

Uehara previously blocked a trade to the Blue Jays and was said to prefer a return to the Orioles, but if nothing else he should like pitching in Oakland’s ballpark and the A’s are smart to buy low on the 37-year-old right-hander. And he may get a chance to compete for the closer gig with Grant Balfour.

  1. APBA Guy - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    More mid-season trade bait for the Great and Powerful Beane. It’s a proven formula, scoop up a mid-game reliever, bring him to the Big Mausoleum and put better than average defense behind him. Watch ERA fall, trade reliever for whatever. The fans and the unions see a 2012 April 1 payroll that’s in line with expectations, even though that payroll will be reduced by 20% come August. And Wolff/Fisher line up in the offseason for more revenue sharing, last year over $ 32M. We’ve been watching this for 6 years now.

  2. watermelon1 - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Koji was actually better in Baltimore… with a much worse defense behind him, against much tougher division.

    The expectations, or simply the quick and unexpected change of scenery probably got to him. As he really did play pretty horrible in his few chances with Texas.

    With that said, Mike Gonzalez is HORRIBLE, and I can’t believe the Rangers or any team would prefer him over Uehara.

    It’s rare you find a player who actually WANTS to play for the Orioles. Especially one who has already experienced how pathetic the ownership is. Baltimore should trade anything they can for a guy who actually wants to be there. But they’re too busy signing sub-.280 guys to be their designated hitter.

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