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Red Sox sign reliever Koji Uehara

Updated: December 19, 2012, 11:00 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox on Tuesday officially announced the signing of right-handed reliever Koji Uehara to a one-year contract that a source says is worth $4.25 million.

The 37-year-old Japanese reliever will immediately bolster the back end of the Red Sox's bullpen. Statistically, he was considered one of the best relievers in the majors in 2012, posting a 1.75 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP. He struck out 43 and walked only three in 36 innings.

Uehara completed his physical with ...

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