Our daily reminder of what a horror show the Chris Davis trade continues to be for the Texas Rangers ... reliever Koji Uehara s now an effective postseason pitcher. Of course, that he is pitching well for the Boston Red Sox is merely nitpicking.
On July 30, 2011 the Rangers acquired Uehara in exchange for first baseman Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis. Yes, that really happened.
Uehara was supposed to be a crucial bullpen piece to reach closer Neftali Feliz for the Rangers that season. Uehara is a case study of why you should never pay a reliever big money. These guys blow hot and cold with no warning.
Uehara was fine over the final two months of the '11 regular season and once the playoffs began he was terrible. He appeared in 3 postseason games that playoff run, and allowed five hits, five runs and three home runs in just 1 1/3 innings. Pretty impressive.
He was so bad he never appeared in the seven-game World Series defeat against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The next season in 2012? Uehara was fine. Of course.
Now he is with the Red Sox where he is the closer. In 73 games this season, Uehara pitched 74 1/3 innings with a 1.09 ERA and 101 strikeouts. He earned a save in two of the Red Sox three wins against the Rays to win the ALDS and advance to the ALCS.
If it makes you feel any better, he did allow a game-winning home run in Game 3 and took the only loss of the series for Boston.
And Chris Davis only hit 53 home runs with 138 RBI for the Orioles, too. So he did not break Barry Bonds' steroid home run records, or even Roger Maris' mark.
Oh, and Tommy Hunter was 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA for the Orioles in 68 appearances.
Other than that, great trade.
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