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.