Sick of efficiency, O's plan to send Uehara to bullpen

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Koji Uehara headshot.jpgWhile some continue to believe the fantastical idea of the Orioles as big spenders this offseason, Roch Kubato of MASN Sports writes that Koji Uehara will be used as a reliever in 2010.

Uehara
posted a 4.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 48/12 K/BB ratio over 12 starts in 2009, but his debut campaign was cut
short with a torn tendon in his right elbow in June.
His FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) of 3.56 hints at even better results to come, if healthy. Uehara was recently given permission by his doctor to begin throwing at his home in Japan.

Uehara
has stated a willingness to be a reliever, but it’s kind of a silly
notion when you realize Orioles starters had a major-league worst 5.37
ERA to go along with a 1.52 WHIP (28th in MLB).




Sure, the Orioles have Brian Matusz,
Chris Tillman, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen and a host of
fifth-starter candidates in-house, but isn’t Uehara exactly the type of efficient starter
the Orioles should be looking for?

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.