Cubs sign Uehara to a 1-year deal

It appears that the career of Koji Uehara will continue for at least one more season as he signed a 1-year/$4.5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Uehara has had an impressive MLB career so far as he has a 2.53 ERA throughout his career. Uehara turns 42 at the beginning of next season, so it is fair to question whether he can continue his outstanding productivity. Uehara has been a closer before in his career, although the Cubs just acquired Wade Davis as their new closer which means that Uehara will definitely be either a 7th inning or 8th inning guy for Chicago. Uehara provides even more stability to the Cubs bullpen for next season and that is possibly an even bigger strength for the Cubs than it was last season. Uehara had a 3.45 ERA with the Red Sox in 2016 which is a down season by his standards, but this isn’t a really risky deal for the Cubs as it is only a 1-year deal for a cheap price. This signing has the ability to make a big difference in the Cubs bullpen for the 2017 season and it could be a bargain if he continues to play well like he has for his entire MLB career.

Grade: B+

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