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Koji Uehara
Birthdate: 4/3/1975 (41 y, 11 m, 23 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 MLB.com 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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DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
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DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2012-10-03TEX@OAK00110200041115
2012-10-01TEX@OAK0031300005914
2012-09-30TEXLAA00000300081523
2012-09-28TEXLAA0100020002911
2012-09-27TEXOAK000001000235
2012-09-25TEXOAK0100020004913
2012-09-24TEXOAK0010020026814
2012-09-16TEXSEA000001000235
2012-09-14TEXSEA010002007099
2012-09-13TEXCLE0001011002911
2012-09-12TEXCLE002001000189
2012-09-11TEXCLE010000000257
2012-09-07TEX@TBR0000020006814
2012-09-01TEX@CLE01200000031215
2012-08-31TEX@CLE0021000004711
2012-08-29TEXTBR03100200051217
2012-08-26TEXMIN00310000031114
2012-06-09TEX@SFG02130100171825
2012-06-02TEX@LAA00110000131316
DateTeamOppGSGBFBLDIFFBSOBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2012-06-01TEX@LAA02010100041014
2012-05-30TEXSEA00310100141317
2012-05-26TEXTOR01402100051722
2012-05-23TEX@SEA00100200371724
2012-05-18TEX@HOU0110010005813
2012-05-15TEXKCR0010020002810
2012-05-13TEXLAA02110100351520
2012-05-11TEXLAA02100100071522
2012-05-08TEX@BAL00310000241115
2012-05-06TEX@CLE02000100051015
2012-05-02TEX@TOR0100020002810
2012-04-28TEXTBR011001000167
2012-04-27TEXTBR030000000279
2012-04-23TEXNYY00100200041014
2012-04-21TEX@DET00400200161925
2012-04-17TEX@BOS01100200241014
2012-04-12TEXSEA002000000134
2012-04-08TEXCHW0111010003710