ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Koji Uehara #19 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Before signing reliever Francisco Cordero to a one-year deal earlier today, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers had been discussing a deal involving right-handed reliever Koji Uehara. The discussions between the clubs never advanced, obviously, and that was because Uehara rejected a trade to Toronto, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas.
"Rangers reliever Koji Uehara refused a trade to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a source. Uehara has a limited no-trade clause that includes six teams and Toronto is one of those.
Uehara spent most of the 2011 season with the Baltimore Orioles, and had much success - posting a 1.72 ERA across 47 innings of work with a 11.9 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9. He was then traded to the Rangers at the trade deadline, and despite improving his peripheral numbers to 11.5 K/9 and .5 BB/9 (23:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio), his ERA was at 4.00 with the Rangers.