Despite it being the club’s primary strength last season, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has not ruled out the possibility of improving his bullpen – and one consideration is a reunion with popular former Oriole right-hander Koji Uehara…
Although he doesn’t like to talk about specific free agents, Duquette said about Uehara: "He’s on our list, we like him. He’s been here before."
The right-hander compiled a stellar 3.03 ERA and 6.60 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his two plus seasons with Baltimore, and only got better when he moved to Arlington. Uehara posted a 2.50 earned-run average and an otherworldly 16.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 59 appearances with the Rangers.
The Rangers have the right-hander under team control for the next two seasons, so the Orioles would have to work out a trade with Texas to bring him back.
In addition to Uehara, the Orioles have shown interest in several other relievers. The club met with Japanese right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa recently, and has also shown interest in former Brewers righty Kameron Loe.