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Phillies rumors: Rangers' Koji Uehara on Philadelphia's radar

The Phillies could use the right-hander as their set-up man.


The Philadelphia Phillies are in search of a set-up man and have inquired on Texas 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.

The Phillies spent most of the 2012 season relying on left-hander Antonio Bastardo in the set-up role, but his performance was inconsistent at best. The 27-year-old left-hander amassed a 4.33 ERA and 4.5 BB/9 rate in sixty-five appearances, blowing four of five save opportunities.

The 37-year-old Uehara missed a significant chuck of the season recovering from a shoulder strain, but still managed to be lights-out when healthy enough to pitch.The right-hander had his third-consecutive stellar season out of the bullpen in 2012, besting his already great 2010-2011 seasons by posting a 1.75 ERA and 10.8 K/9 rate in thirty-six innings of work.