Nobody is going to suggest that the Orioles would ever have any hint of regret about trading Koji Uehara for Chris Davis and Hunter two summers ago. Let's not be silly here.

But the way Uehara has pitched this season makes you wonder if he could have solved a lot of the Orioles' current bullpen issues.

Remember, Uehara was a free agent this offseason, and the Orioles offered him a one-year deal. (He signed with Boston for one year and $4.25 million during the winter meetings.)

Uehara has been a godsend for the Red Sox, who lost closers Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey to season-ending injuries.

Uehara has retired 34 consecutive hitters, a Boston record. Opponents are 6 of their past 94 against the Japanese right-hander, and he has hasn't allowed a runner to reach base since Aug. 17. (Hat tip to Boston Globe reporter Pete Abraham on those stats.)

For the season, Uehara has 19 saves, a 1.08 ERA and a ridiculous 0.57 WHIP. Oh, and we should also mention he can be pretty fun to watch.


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