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.

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.

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?

Marlins sign Sean Burnett to minor league deal

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Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.

Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.

Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.