Uehara Re-Signed

The Orioles have re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a one year contract worth $3 million that could escalate to $5 million based on incentives. There is also a vesting option for 2012 based on appearances and games finished.

Well it looks like Andy MacPhail made the right decision after all by not offering Uehara arbitration. Koji would’ve probably earned between five and seven million dollars if he would’ve accepted, instead the most he can make is five but the Orioles have insurance in case his injury issues come back up. I still think it was too risky to not offer arbitration with a chance to miss out on a draft pick if he would’ve signed with another team but I’m glad it worked out. He was great in the second half of last year as the teams closer. A 2.86 ERA over 44 innings with 13 saves and an 11 to one strikeout to walk ratio are the highlights of his season. He’ll enter spring training as the teams closer but it’ll be interesting to see how hes handled in March to get him ready for the season. Hes very injury prone and we’re counting on him more now than we did at the beginning of last year so hes health will be crucial to the success of our bullpen. The best case scenario is that he stays relatively healthy all season and his 2012 option vests, giving us another productive season for a reasonable price. Worse case is hes hurt throughout the season and we don’t get much from him, but in that case he would only cost us $3 million. This was a safe signing with alot of upside and we really needed it after trading David Hernandez and losing Matt Albers and Mark Hendrickson to free agency.

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