NEW YORK – The Baltimore Orioles have agreed in principle on a two-year deal with veteran right-hander Koji Uehara, the Baltimore Sun reported in its online edition Tuesday, quoting industry sources.
“Right now, we are working on the details, so I cannot comment further,” Uehara said.
The $10 million, incentive-laden deal is pending specific contract language and a physical, which is expected to occur later this week, though an appointment in Baltimore has yet to be scheduled, according to the newspaper.
“The Orioles have filled one vacant spot in their wide-open rotation while simultaneously opening the door to the Far East,” Baltimore Sun said, adding that they “not only want Uehara in the rotation, but are penciling him in as their No. 2 starter, behind Jeremy Guthrie.”
Uehara, 33, filed for free agency earlier in the offseason in the hope of making a move to the major leagues after compiling a 112-62 record with 33 saves and a 3.01 earned run average in 10 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants.