The Chicago Cubs bullpen just became even stronger.
Uehara, who is leaving the Boston Red Sox after four years, had 79 total saves in his career with the Red Sox, and posted a 2.19 earned run average with 291 strikeouts over 226 innings of work.
He was the team’s closer from 2013 to 2015 before they acquired Craig Kimbrel from the Padres to close games in 2016. Uehara went 2-3 with a 3.45 earned run average and 63 strikeouts over 47 innings of work in a set-up role last season.
The expectation is that Uehara will slide into a middle relief role for the Cubs, who lost Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees yesterday. President Theo Epstein made up for it quickly, as he acquired Wade Davis via trade from the Royals by giving up Jorge Soler.
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