Welp. I guess we now know for sure what that crazily-translated article from Yahoo! Japan was trying to tell us– which now makes total sense, and which some folks suggested it said at the time.
MLBTR points us to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, who presumably has a Japanese friend or two and didn’t get too sidetracked by a comical web translation to do his job, to clear up the mess, as he explains that a deal was in place to send Rangers reliever Koji Uehara to the Jays– hopefully not for Mike Napoli this fucking time– but the player rejected it.
Evidently Toronto was one of the six teams on his limited no-trade clause (the military being one of the others?), and Uehara invoked it, preferring not to move his family from Baltimore to Toronto.
Uhh…. bon choix there, Koji.
Subsequently, one can assume, the Jays move on to plan-B, signing free agent Francisco Cordero to augment their bullpen instead. A definite downgrade.