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Cubs sign Koji Uehara to 1-year, $6 million deal

The reliever heads to Chicago after the Red Sox closed the door on reuniting with him.

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The Cubs have agreed to a 1-year, $6 million deal with reliever Koji Uehara, as first reported by Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald and FanRag’s Jon Heyman.

Uehara is the second significant bullpen addition of the week for the Cubs, who also acquired Wade Davis in a trade with the Royals. Uehara will serve in a late-inning role for Chicago in front of Davis alongside Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Grimm.

Uehara spent the last last four seasons in Boston, registering a 2.19 ERA and saving 79 games for the Red Sox while winning a World Series championship in 2013. Boston had interest in a reunion with the right-hander, but shut the door on that possibility by acquiring Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

Uehara, who turns 42 in April, is a veteran of eight major-league seasons. In that span, he owns a 2.53 ERA and has saved 93 games in 387 appearances.