Koji Uehara was one of the many free agents who remained unsigned entering March, but the 43-year-old has finally agreed to a deal with a team.
Uehara signed with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball league where he will pitch this season for the club.
Yomiuri Giants sign Koji Uehara. It will be announced on March 9, 2018 Japan time. He will wear #11 jersey.— Carlos Yamazaki (@masashicarlos) March 8, 2018
Uehara enjoyed a successful nine year long MLB career. He pitched for four teams and accumulated a career 2.66 ERA. Uehara was an All-Star in 2014 and even placed seventh in Cy Young award voting in 2013.
Last season was Uehara's worst since his first MLB season as he posted a 3.98 ERA in 43 innings for the Cubs. 2017 was his second straight season with an ERA of over 3.00 and Uehara appears to have begun a decline in his performance due to his age.