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.
The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.
Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.
From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.