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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