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Koji Uehara signs with Boston Red Sox

Red Sox came to terms with Koji Uehara on Tuesday. The deal is for one year and will reportedly pay the reliever $4.25 million.


The Boston Red Sox have come to terms on a one-year contract with free agent right-handed reliever Koji Uehara, according to an announcement by the team on Tuesday morning.

While the financial terms of the agreement were not made available, it is reported that Uehara will be paid $4.25 million in 2013.

The 37-year-old reliever spent 2012 as a member of the Texas Rangers and registered a career-low 1.75 ERA with 43 strikeouts, three walks and one save in 37 appearances (36.0 innings pitched). Over two seasons in Texas, the Osaka, Japan, native recorded a 1-2 record with a 2.50 ERA, 66 strikeouts and four walks in 59 appearances (54.0 innings pitched).

Originally making his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 as a starting pitcher, Uehara recorded a 2-4 record in 12 starts. In 2010, the club moved him to the bullpen and then traded him to Texas in July of 2011.

Prior to playing in North America, Uehara was a member of the Yomiuri Giants from 1999-2008.