Tag:Koji Uehara
Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:25 pm

Six teams interested in Uehara

Bullpen help is always in demand, so it doesn't hurt to be a free agent coming off a season with 13 saves and a 2.86 ERA. That's why former Orioles reliever Koji Uehara is getting a lot of attention.

The Baltimore Sun says six teams are interested in Uehara, who would like to return to Baltimore, but could go somewhere else if they go all Rizzo-crazy and offer him a multi-year deal. The six are the Orioles, Mariners, Twins, Red Sox, Brewers and Cardinals.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 9:37 pm

Orioles to spread save opportunities around

Alfredo Simon isn't exactly out as the Orioles' closer, but he's not going to be the only one finishing out games for Buck Showalter.

Simon has 17 saves, but has blown three of his last 10 save opportunities and allowed runs in six of his last 10 outings.

"I'm sure Simon will get some more opportunities along the way, but I feel like we have some other people capable of doing it other than him," Showalter told Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun . "We'll see what each night dictates."

Michael Gonzalez and Koji Uehara could get some of those opportunities.

"Some guys down there have shown that they are capable of getting big outs for us," Showalter said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 3:02 pm

Atkins taking flight from Orioles

Garrett Atkins Garrett Atkins will not report to Baltimore's Triple-A club in Norfolk if he clears waivers and the team can't find a trade partner, he told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec .

"I don't anticipate that being an option," Atkins told Zrebiec in a phone interview as he was getting ready to board a plane home to California.

Atkins was designated for assignment on Sunday so the team could activate Koji Uehara.

"There wasn't really any at-bats here for me, and when I was getting them, I wasn't very productive," Atkins said. "I think [the decision] was better for both ends. Just move along. Let's see if there's a spot out there for me on another team."

Atkins signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract in the offseason after the Rockies nontendered him.

The Angels could use a first baseman, but Atkins hasn't been productive enough for them to even take a flyer on the 30-year old. Atkins hit .214/.276/.286 for the Orioles. His best shot would be to go back to the National League (a la Pat Burrell), but he even struggled there last season in Denver, hitting .226/.308/.342 in his final season with the Rockies.

No matter what, the next uniform he dons is likely to be a minor-league one, just not in Norfolk.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:03 am

Orioles expected to DFA Atkins

Garrett Atkins may be designated for assignment by the Orioles to make room for Brad Bergesen and Koji Uehara, the Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly writes .

Atkins signed a one-year contract for $4.5 million in the offseason and has playing sparingly in the past month. He's hitting just .219/.282/.292 with a home run and nine RBI in 43 games for Baltimore.

Connolly also offers relievers Matt Albers and Frank Mata along with outfielder Lou Montanez as possible candidates to be cleared from the 25-man roster to make room for the two pitchers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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