Non-tendered by the Cardinals two weeks ago, Daniel Descalso has agreed to a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Rockies.
Descalso was a semi-regular in St. Louis for the past four seasons, logging an average of 340 plate appearances per year. He hit .242 with a .654 OPS during that time, which is definitely utility man-caliber offense.
He figures to fill in all over the infield for Colorado and the 28-year-old could be pressed into extended duty if the Rockies decide to make a major trade.
Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.
Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.
Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.
Happy trails to an excellent reliever.