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Koji Uehara
Birthdate: 4/3/1975 (41 y, 11 m, 27 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/190     Position: P
Contract: $6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Uehara said he wants to pitch two more years at the MLB level, Carrie Muskat of reports. (3/7/2017)
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Profile: After seven seasons of dominant stateside relief, Koji Uehara for the first time looked mortal in 2016. At 41 years old, Uehara simply looked more frail. He would end the season with more innings pitched than he did in 2015, but there was a feeling that he couldn't go on back-to-back days as frequently, a feeling supported by his six-week second-half stint on the disabled list. That was an issue for Red Sox manager John Farrell, who isn't exactly known for his creativity, but it shouldn't be an issue for Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Looking back at Uehara's 2016 season, it looked exactly the same as 2014 and 2015 from a holds-plus-saves perspective. In 2014, his H+SV number was 27, then 25 in both 2015 and 2016. But if your league doesn't count holds, then his 2014-2016 totals were 26, 25 and seven. Obviously, seven saves isn't what you're looking for when you draft a closer. But that may be his reality in 2017 as well, now that his primary job will be to set up for Wade Davis. If Davis gets hurt again, Uehara could emerge as the team's closer, but given that Uehara will be 42 this season, Maddon could also turn to Hector Rondon, Carl Edwards Jr. or Pedro Strop instead. Predicting Maddon's behavior is generally not a fruitful endeavor, and as such, Uehara's value in saves-only leagues is limited. But if your league counts holds, feel free to scoop up Uehara.

The Quick Opinion: Koji Uehara spent the 2016 season as a set-up man to a newly-acquired closer. Koji Uehara will spend the 2017 season as a set-up man to a newly-acquired closer, with the only difference being that now he is also a newly-acquired player. If your league counts holds, Uehara will still be a valuable player. If it doesn't.......maybe?

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