Koji Uehara gets $18 million to stay with the Red Sox

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Koji Uehara’s late-season fade didn’t scare off the Red Sox, who’ve re-signed the 40-year-old reliever to a two-year, $18 million contract.

Uehara had a stretch in which he allowed 10 runs in six appearances, but finished the season with three straight scoreless outings and his season totals (2.52 ERA, 80/8 K/BB ratio in 64 innings) were fantastic.

Overall in two seasons with the Red Sox he threw 139 innings with a 1.75 ERA and 181/17 K/BB ratio, which is absolutely incredible. And for his career Uehara has a 2.44 ERA in 350 total innings for three different teams.

Signing a 40-year-old reliever to a multi-year contract is always going to be very risky, but $9 million per season is not out of line for an elite reliever.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.