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February 17, 2012

Source: Trade of Uehara could lead Rangers to Oswalt

The Rangers and A's are actively discussing a trade that would send right-hander Koji Uehara to Oakland, said a source, and the deal could free up enough money for the Rangers to consider adding free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt.

Oswalt and the Rangers met last month to get a feel for where each side stood. The Rangers were looking for a pitcher who could work in relief while also serving as a piece of insurance in case a starting pitcher were to suffer an injury. At the time, Oswalt informed the club that he did not want to work out of the bullpen. It was reported that he wanted $10 million on a one-year contract.

But with no serious takers for Oswalt, it's possible that he has backed off of his demands as the start of spring training approaches. Oswalt, who has a history of lower-back issues, wants to play for the Rangers because of their proximity to his home in Mississippi and because of his ties to team president Nolan Ryan, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bench coach Jackie Moore.

Uehara was acquired July 30 for Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis, but struggled down the stretch and was removed from the postseason roster before the World Series. Uehara has a limited no-trade clause, and a source said that he has nixed two trades this off-season.

The Rangers are seeking prospects in return, but could find a utility infielder on the A's roster. Oakland has two, and would likely be more willing to part with Adam Rosales than Eric Sogard.

Rosales struggled last year, and his playing time was limited because of a foot injury. But he played all four infield positions and left field.

-- Jeff Wilson


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