MLB Rumors: Phillies Targeting Rangers RHP Koji Uehara

The Philadelphia Phillies are searching for a late-inning reliever to setup closer Jonathan Papelbon, and they’ve contacted the Texas Rangers regarding right-hander Koji Uehara, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.


The Phillies, in their search for a setup man, are asking around about Rangers righty Koji Uehara, whose $4 million salary in 2013 might be more than Texas is willing to pay.


Rosenthal adds that Uehara’s 2013 salary of $4 million may be “more than Texas is willing to pay.”

While initially pitching as a starter for the Baltimore Orioles after making the jump from Japan in 2009, Uehara has settled into a late-inning role over the past several years. He’s been solid out of the ‘pen for the Rangers and has shown ridiculous control.

Since the Rangers acquired him from the Orioles in the summer of 2011, Uehara has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 2.50 and 0.685 with 11 strikeouts per nine innings compared to only 0.7 walks per nine innings.

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