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  1. When was this announced? Sources? The Baltimore media says the two sides are close, but this is the only story saying it’s a done deal Koji is back.

    Comment by duck — December 7, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

  2. Joe Paw is your source. He’s at the Winter Meetings. Probably just finished a couples massage with Scott Boras and two large Cubans in his hotel room.

    Comment by Choo — December 7, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

  3. Yeah, duck is right. Just confirmed by Orioles beat writer Brittany Ghiroli that this is untrue and that the sides are only close but no deal is completed.

    http://twitter.com/#!/Britt_Ghiroli/status/12295891226464256

    Comment by Avi M (@2131andBeyond) — December 7, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

  4. Yeah, sorry, meant to change the last line in the first paragraph but forgot to when I finished up. They’re close, but it sounds like it’s going to happen.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — December 7, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

  5. In all seriousness, I was hoping Uehara would travel West or at least sign with an East Coast team that gets regular TV time. His arsenal of forks and curves (corks?) is unique and entertaining as hell to watch.

    Comment by Choo — December 7, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

  6. what is tERA? i have wondered this for a while, but was unable to find an explanation of it.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — December 7, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

  7. It’s basically the same as this, but with a few substitutions in the data sources:

    http://statcorner.com/tRAabout.html

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — December 7, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

  8. As an O’s fan, I hope he stays right in Charm City. Except for road trips, of course. Because that would be a bit silly.

    Comment by duck — December 7, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

  9. Cool, and I hope they do come to an agreement.

    Comment by duck — December 7, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

  10. With the required Fangraphs snark around the O’s, they must not think much of the fact that the team was the best in the division while playing it the last two months of the season.

    Comment by Steve — December 7, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

  11. Oh man. Those first four months, though. GOD.

    Comment by John — December 7, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  12. Do you think those last two months are the real Orioles? In your opinion, do you think they have a wild card shot?

    Comment by John — December 7, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  13. ah ok, i thought it was something involving balls in play as well. this seems like it would be more accurate than FIP or xFIP because it takes into account league average (big sample size) weighted run and out values on balls in play. wouldn’t this be more accurate to use for WAR?

    Comment by phoenix2042 — December 7, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

  14. well a healthy yankees and healthy red sox kind of has the division and wild card locked up dont you think? but if the red sox are rocked by injuries like last year or the yankees finally show their age, then maybe the Os do have a chance, but it would take every one of their young players playing up to or over their potential.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — December 7, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

  15. The Reds and Yanks have it rapped up….seriously? Yeah they may be ahead. But Tampa Bay…what about them and there young nucleus of players. Plus Toronto has a potent lineup, anything can happen.

    Comment by Elliott — December 8, 2010 @ 5:54 am

  16. I think they can be in the mix. The rotation could be good – certainly better than New York’s. They have some good bullpen arms. The offense was horrific last year, especially the corner infield and SS. Those are being upgraded. Certainly they need Wieters, Markakis, and Jones to take huge steps.

    I guess my point is that the O’s are probably closer to the solid, pitching oriented team they were under Showalter than the complete mess that was April-July. Most likely a 85 win potential.

    Comment by Steve — December 8, 2010 @ 7:35 am

  17. Fangraphs, the site where “Anything can happen.” I love it, should be the new tagline. Elliott, I think we all know randomness can happen, but wouldn’t you agree that it’s unlikely, or even more to the point, extremely unlikely that Balt or Tor will surpass the Sox/Yanks in the standings? (I didn’t include Tampa because I think they’re in the mix.)

    Comment by melvin emmanuel — December 8, 2010 @ 10:13 am

  18. Oh ya, I love Uehara, not just from a statistical perspective but as a fan of pitching. He gets it done in a way that makes it enjoyable to watch.

    Comment by melvin emmanuel — December 8, 2010 @ 10:14 am

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