Free agent relief pitcher Koji Uehara is on the brink of signing a one year deal worth around $4.5 million with the Chicago Cubs, according to Nikkan Sports of Japan. According to Evan Dreillich of the Boston Herald, the 41-year-old reliever is close to signing with Chicago, although the deal may not be final.
Uehara is coming off a year in which he appeared in 50 games with the Red Sox. In those 50 games, he had a record of 2-3, along with a 3.45 ERA, while striking out 63 batters, in 47 innings pitched.
Uehara would be another addition to last year’s World Series champs bullpen. The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis in a trade that sent Jorge Soler to the Royals. Uehara and Davis will join a group that ranked ninth in ERA last year, first in WHIP and batter’s against average and allowed the least amount of hits.