Oct 13, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Koji Uehara (second from right) hands the ball to manager Ron Washington (far left) in a pitching change in the seventh inning of game five of the 2011 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Rangers Trying To Trade Uehara

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According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers are trying to trade away Koji Uehara, and his $4 million salary, in order to clear room to purchase the services of a left-handed reliever, most likely Mike Gonzalez. A couple thoughts come to mind:

First, is this really a necessary move, or is this more of what seems to be a pathological need to clear out much of ineffective portion of the bullpen from last season’s playoffs? Since the offseason began, we’ve seen Feliz be transitioned into a starting role (although I’ll concede that was probably part of the plan all along), Darren Oliver not being resigned despite being very affordable this offseason, and now Koji Uehara being traded away. All of them failed at critical times during the playoffs, leading to blown saves. I realize that its important to be able to perform when it counts the most, but during the regular season all three of those guys were very effective out of the bullpen. Oliver and Feliz were our two most valuable relievers by far, pitching 51 innings at 2.77 FIP, and 62 innings at 3.57 FIP, respectively. Koji was less effective, but his 2.03 xFIP with the Rangers (basically FIP, but adjusted to normalize home run rates, which are inconsistent year-to-year) was very promising. (continue reading at Nolan Writin’)

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