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Rangers plan to hold onto Uehara

Rangers plan to hold onto Uehara

Rangers plan to hold onto Uehara
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitchers go through their first official workout on Thursday. Reliever Koji Uehara is expected to be there and beyond.

The Rangers have had trade discussions with other teams about Uehara, but a deal does not appear likely. General manager Jon Daniels said he doesn't have any trades in the works as Texas prepares for Spring Training.

"There are always some deals in the spring, moves here or there," Daniels said Tuesday. "But we're ready to go with this group of guys. I have no moves planned or anything like that."

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Uehara was acquired from the Orioles at last year's Trade Deadline for first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter. The Rangers were looking for multiple prospects in return and had talked to the Athletics, Orioles and other teams. But right now Uehara returns as one of the Rangers' right-handed setup relievers.

He pitched in a combined 65 games last year and was 2-3 with a 2.35 ERA. In 65 innings, he struck out 85 and walked nine. He had a $4 million vesting option kick in for this season by pitching in at least 55 games.

"The guy had a tremendous year last year," Daniels said. "One of the attractive things about trading for Koji last year was he was not just a rental. He was a two-year fit. That was an attractive element to the deal and still is."

Daniels also said "nothing has changed" in regard to free-agent pitcher Roy Oswalt. The Rangers are not planning on signing him.

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