Red Sox fans can expect to see an entirely different roster in 2016 than 2015. At least pitching wise. Position wise the Sox have a young group of talented players that are ready to contribute. This leads us to the next question. What are the Red Sox plans for Koji Uhera? At forty years of age and an eighteen million dollarprice tag one would think not to many. But be realistic Uehara is signed through the 2016 season.
Free agency wise theirs not to much available. The Phillies sent Johnathan Paplebon packing. That tells you that teams aren’t going to keep an aging veteran for a hefty price tag. It’s cheaper and more productive to keep the farm system upgraded. Rebuilding or tweaking is a more inexpensive way to operate.It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll win. Last week Uehara was hit by a fierce line drive on the back of his hand in a game against the Detroit Tigers. It was the last play of the game and Uehara was in fierce pain. Despite the pain he managed to field the ground ball and throw out the runner to win the game.
So where does this leave the Sox. The Sox placed Uehars on the disabled list for the season and sent him home.Should the Sox gamble and keep him around for another year? Productivity wise Uehara was having a very successful season. Uehars has compiled twenty five saves and was keeping the Soxseason competitive even though they have a losing record. But since last week no one has answered the call. Junicini Tazawa whose normally a setup man has been thrown into the mix but has failed in five attempts. Newly signed Jean Machi from the Giants hasn’t done well either.
So this does not leave the Sox with many options. With no help in Pawtucket or Portland and a slim free agent market the Sox could be responsible for Uehars for another year or at least til something comes via of a trade in the off season. But in reality having a guy like Koji Uehara is a good thing. No matter how old or what his contract status is you know what your getting from Koji Uehara night in and night out .