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Koji Uehara triggers $4.25 million vesting option for 2014

Aug 13, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

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Red Sox right-hander Koji Uehara made the single most lucrative relief appearance of his career in Tuesday night’s 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

Sitting on 54 relief appearances for the season and needing a total of 55 appearances to trigger a $4.25 million vesting option for 2014, Uehara entered in the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs on the board and the score tied 2-2. He struck out the only batter he faced — Jose Reyes — and then after the Red Sox rallied for two tallies in the top of the 11th the native of Neyawaga, Japan came back with a perfect closing frame to secure Boston’s 72nd win of 2013.

It was an impressive effort from a guy who has been impressive all season. Uehara, a big free agent bargain this past winter, now boasts a 1.32 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and 75/9 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings with Boston.

Uehara can bump that vesting option to $5 million if he finishes 35 games. He has finished 24 so far.

  1. jayquintana - Aug 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Love how he plays the game, but, man, Farrell’s definitely using a “Live for Today” philosophy with him. Hope he has something left in September and October.

  2. Reflex - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Wait, “Japan” came back? I think you mixed up the guy with his nationality there…

    • nbjays - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      “…the native of Neyawaga, Japan came back…”

      Reading comprehension will help you in all aspects of life, if you can master it.

      • Reflex - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        I think that was a stealth edit, I swear I did not see that when I read it the first time.

  3. titansbro - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Reflex, the sentence is correct. There is always a comma between city & state. I think you’re misreading it.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Wildly enthusiastic high fives all around! He has been absolutely filthy this year – could be the best relief season for a Sawk in – well, ever.

  5. Glenn - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Not sure how that was a lucrative relief appearance for Uehara. He was going to make more money on the open market. Triggering that option cost him money.

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