With his own masseuse and interpreter, Uehara certainly has a solid support staff in place in Baltimore. However, it couldn't hurt to add somebody else that he's close to, especially if that somebody can get left-handed hitters out. Like Uehara last offseason, Takahashi would prefer a shot to start somewhere. The Orioles and international scouting director John Stockstill see him more as a left-handed swingman type, sort of in the Mark Hendrickson mold.Either way, I think the Orioles will wait a couple of weeks and see what other moves they make, including potentially re-signing Hendrickson. If Takahashi is still out there by mid-January and they could get him maybe even on a minor league deal, it would probably be worth the gamble.