Koji Uehara accepts demotion to the eighth inning following Craig Kimbrel trade

The Associated Press
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The Red Sox made a deal with the Padres on Friday night for closer Craig Kimbrel, and that had the very obvious effect of displacing Koji Uehara. Uehara has been a dominant closer for the Red Sox over the last three seasons, but he’ll turn 41 in April and suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist back in August.

Uehara spoke with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and accepted the demotion, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne. Uehara said he is putting the team first and he wants to win a World Series. Since 2013, Uehara has 72 saves with a 1.86 ERA and a 228/26 K/BB ratio over 179 innings. Kimbrel, in that same span of time, has 136 saves with a 1.77 ERA and a 280/68 K/BB ratio over 188 innings.

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.