Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays are considering Alberto Callaspo at second base. They view him as a buy-low bounce-back candidate.
The switch-hitting Callaspo, 31, can play everywhere in the infield as well as both corner outfield spots. This past season with the Athletics, he hit a lackluster .223/.290/.290. However, he has shown the ability to hit at about the league average or better previously in his career and moving from the spacious O.co Coliseum to the Rogers Centre could help his numbers.
Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.
Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.
Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.
Happy trails to an excellent reliever.