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Koji Uehara | Relief Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/3/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Koji Uehara acknowledged in Red Sox camp Monday that his arm bothered him at the end of the 2014 season.
Uehara surrendered 10 earned runs over his final nine appearances last year. "It was more physical," the right-hander told reporters in Florida. "I didn't talk about it at that time, but I think I'm over it." Boston felt comfortable enough to re-sign Uehara to a two-year, $18 million free agent contract in late October and the 39-year-old will open the 2015 campaign as the club's closer. Feb 16 - 2:27 PM

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Red Sox re-signed RHP Koji Uehara to a two-year, $18 million contract.

The Red Sox weren't expected to make Uehara a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer, but they didn't want him to hit the open market either. It's a fair compromise under the circumstances. Uehara faded down the stretch this season, but still ended up with 26 saves to go along with a 2.52 ERA and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. He'll turn 40 next April and will enter the season as the Red Sox' closer.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there "have been preliminary talks" between the Red Sox and Koji Uehara, but "the sides aren’t close to a deal."

The Red Sox would like to keep Uehara as their closer but are not expected to extend a qualifying offer of $15.3 million. Cafardo notes that a one-year deal that might include an option "would be preferable." Uehara lost his closer gig after struggling down the stretch but was terrific overall, posting a 2.52 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 80/8 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 01:05:00 PM

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent Koji Uehara.

The one-year qualifying offer for this winter's free agent crop is expected to be worth around $15.1 million. That's a hefty price for any reliever and Uehara stumbled down the stretch this season. He also turns 40 years old next April. Boston may be better off trying to negotiate a new deal with him on the open market.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Koji Uehara will be available out of the bullpen for the start of a four-game series in Kansas City that starts on Thursday.

Uehara was shut down for the last week after a stretch of poor showings. He'll be used in low-leverage situations at least initially and it's possible that he won't regain his closer job this season. Edward Mujica is now working the ninth inning for the Red Sox.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 03:32:00 PM

Koji Uehara threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will throw another one in the coming days.

If the Red Sox like what they see, Uehara will be available out of the bullpen after that but will be used in low-leverage situations. Uehara was pulled from the closer role after another blown save last Thursday and given a few days to rest. Edward Mujica will continue to fill in at closer and could keep the job for the rest of the season. "Koji's an upbeat guy and that hasn't changed. He's been disappointed by the recent outings, but he was in complete agreement with the plan we laid out and looking forward to his return," said manager John Farrell.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 08:24:00 PM

Koji Uehara will get at least a couple of days off after giving up two homers to blow a save and take a loss Thursday against the Yankees.

Edward Mujica will close in his place for now and perhaps for the rest of the season, depending on how Uehara bounces back. It'd be a little risky to drop Uehara entirely in fantasy leagues, but it would be worth doing if you have any other closers out there on the waiver wire.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated after Thursday's game that the team could eventually shut Koji Uehara down.

Farrell said just last week that there were no plans to shut Uehara down, but he's now singing a different tune after another rough performance from the closer Thursday. The skipper said that he wanted to have a conversation with Uehara, who has a 15.88 ERA over his last six appearances, before a decision is made. If a move is made, Edward Mujica is likely to take over the ninth inning.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 10:59:00 PM

Koji Uehara surrendered a pair of ninth-inning solo home runs, blowing the save and taking the loss on Thursday against the Yankees.

It's the second time this season Uehara has given up two home runs in an appearance. Prior to that, he had last done it in 2010. He's now given up 10 on the season, doubling last year's total. Uehara has blown five saves in 31 opportunities, and owns a 2.64 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 75/8 K/BB ratio.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 10:33:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that the team has no plans to shut down Koji Uehara.

Farrell acknowledged that with 134 1/3 regular-season innings pitched since the beginning of 2013 and an additional 13 2/3 frames in last year's playoffs, Uehara could be tiring. However, the closer hasn't reported any fatigue, so the club plans to keep going with him even though he's allowed seven earned runs over his last 3 1/3 innings. "He's gone through a bit of a stretch where he hasn't been as efficient or effective as we're accustomed to seeing," Farrell said. "But that does not take away our belief or confidence in him."
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 09:57:00 PM

While he didn't give up any runs of his own, Koji Uehara blew another save after giving up a two-run double Monday against the Blue Jays.

With his splitter not splitting, it really looks like Uehara is all used up at the moment. Maybe 5-7 days off would cure him, but given that he's 39 and he's dealt with a much heavier than expected workload these last two years, it's also possible he's finished as an effective reliever, at least for 2014. His owners should probably grab Edward Mujica.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Koji Uehara suffered a complete meltdown Friday, allowing five runs while recording two outs in a blown save against the Mariners.

Uehara came close to getting out of it, but with two outs and the bases loaded he proceeded to give up a two-run double, two-run single and finally an RBI single that signified the end of his night. Not only was it the first time Uehara has ever given up five runs in an outing, he'd never even allowed four runs in a single appearance before Friday. He's now allowed seven runs over his last 2 2/3 innings, so it's certainly rough times for the 39-year-old right now.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 11:02:00 PM

Koji Uehara worked around a one-out single to pick up his 26th save as the Red Sox picked up a 3-2 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Chris Heisey singled with one out, but Uehara induced a weak fly ball to right field and a pop-up to the catcher to end the ballgame. Uehara has put together 12 consecutive scoreless appearances. On the season, he has converted 26 of 28 save chances with a 1.29 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and a 70/7 K/BB ratio.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Koji Uehara struck out two in a scoreless inning of work to earn his 25th save of the season against the Angels on Sunday.

Uehara allowed a one-out single but didn't allow any more, striking out pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton to end the game. He's got 25 saves to go with a 1.32 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 70/7 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 09:01:00 PM

Sean McAdam of reports that the Red Sox are unlikely to trade closer Koji Uehara.

The Red Sox are reportedly considering trading the likes of Jon Lester and Andrew Miller, but they apparently intend to make a qualifying offer to Uehara, who is an impending free agent. Because the qualifying offer will likely be in the area of one-year, $15 million this offseason, the thought is that he will accept. Of course, the Red Sox could trade Uehara and still re-sign him as a free agent, but there's the chance they would have to guarantee multiple years in order to do so.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 05:51:00 PM

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