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Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 5:43 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Rangers have been looking far and wide for a relief pitcher and it appears they have landed one -- just not Heath Bell or Mike Adams. Right-hander Koji Uehara of the Orioles have reportedly been traded to the Rangers in exchange for corner infielder Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter (Baltimore Sun via Twitter).

It will be interesting to see if this move takes the Rangers out of the running for the services of Bell and/or Adams -- if so, several teams would be quite pleased.

Uehara, 36, is pretty underrated -- likely due to playing for the non-contending Orioles. He has a 1.72 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 47 innings this season. He'll fit quite nicely in Texas as an eighth-inning bridge to Neftali Feliz.

Davis, 25, has shown signs in the past of being a prolific power hitter, but strikeout woes have plagued him. This season, however, he's hitting .250 with three home runs and six RBI in 72 at-bats. So it hasn't been a horrible effort since his recall. Of note here, the Orioles could immediately slip Davis in at first base and trade Derrek Lee. There have been reports that Lee is on the Pirates' radar.

Hunter, 24, is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in limited time this season for the Rangers.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:07 pm
 

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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

Here's a trade that could truly benefit both sides. I think the Rangers made a smart deal from their end, but I'd be thrilled if I was the Orioles right now. 



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

Hope this deal works out for both teams.  Glad my Orioles got some proven players for Koji and I hope he does well for the Rangers and helps them keep the Yankees and Red Sox out of the World Series - he was the best reliever the Orioles had this year. 



Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

Interesting.  Rangers don't have to give up any of their top prospects but do give up two guys that should have more value to another team than they did to them.  Hunter is a #4 and Davis is a AAAA (I hope he is not but I fear he is).  Having said that, best of luck to them both as they are great team guys.  I think the Rangers have one more move to go (right handed bat or another reliever).



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

Love the trade. Tommy Hunter is as good as he is going to get. Chris Davis is a darn good triple a player.  Thats it. How many chances has Davis had? Can't hit a major league fastball. Good bye.



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

I would have to agree GREAT deal for the O's! TERRIBLE deal for the Rangers!!!



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

Amazing that the Orioles could get so much for the old man. Chris Davis may make them pay for years to come, if he can just get a little more consistent at the plate.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Rangers acquire Uehara for Davis, Hunter

Great deal for the O's. I am a bit confused about the deal for the Rangers: Tommy Hunter has the potential to be something special and Davis is still a prospect. 

Really proud of this deal! Go O's! 


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