The Chicago Cubs have signed Koji Uehara to a one-year, $6 million deal. The deal was reported to be close over the weekend but was confirmed by Jesse Rogers of ESPN.
Uehara is 41, but he is still an effective reliever, finishing the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle but when you’re old stuff like that happens sometimes.
In his eight-year major league career he is 19-22 with a 2.53 ERA (170 ERA+) and a 522/66 K/BB ratio in 437.2 innings.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.