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Uehara On the Chopping Block

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ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Pitcher Koji Uehara #19 of the Texas Rangers receives high fives in the dugout after striking out Torii Hunter (not pictured) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Rangers defeated the Angels 4-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

When the Texas Rangers acquired both Mike Adams and Koji Uehara on deadline day last July, it was thought that the Rangers would instantly be vaulted to the top of the best bullpens in baseball.

Uehara put up a 1.72 ERA with a freakish strikeout to walk ratio for the Baltimore Orioles before being brought to Texas, where things didn't go so well.

Now, the Rangers are reportedly in talks with other teams about possibly trading Uehara now that the Rangers have a luxurious surplus of arms on their pitching staff and with Alexi Ogando seemingly primed for a return to the bullpen.

Uehara was a fan favorite for the Rangers, known for his animated celebrations on his way back to the dugout between innings, but he did a lot more falling flat on his face than coming up in big situations once he got to Arlington.

Uehara was 1-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 22 regular-season appearances for the Rangers, but he really started failing in the postseason when the stress level was notched up about 20 spots.

The Japanese righty pitched in just three postseason games, giving up a home run in each, and gave up five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings and was left off the World Series roster.

Wish you still had Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter? The Rangers might.

Related Topics Koji Uehara, Alexi Ogando
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