Thursday, July 10, 2014

Koji Uehara May Be On The Tiger Radar Screen

Headed To Motown?
There's been a lot of back-and-forth lately about the wisdom of trading Red Sox closer Koji Uehara. The proponents cite Koji's age (39), the fact that Boston is pretty much out of post-season contention, and the likelihood that Uehara would bring a boatload of decent players/prospects in return. People who oppose a trade argue that some elite closers have pitched effectively beyond the age of 40 (see some guy named Mariano Rivera), that The Carmine Hose are still technically in the hunt for a Wild Card, and you just don't give away that rare guy who is a virtual lock in the ninth inning. Good points on both sides. It's looking more and more that if Koji is moved it would be to the Detroit—who are ready to sign anyone in the general Michigan area who can look good in a Tiger uniform and reach home plate. That's how bad their closer luck has been over the last few years. It's pretty much the reason they don't have any rings. Although we would hate to part with Koji, it would be prudent for Ben Cherington to get solid value for him now—and then re-sign him in the off-season. What the heck.