NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Reliever Koji Uehara has reached an
agreement with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical.

The 37-year-old right-hander spent the last two seasons with
Texas, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that
he had tried to re-sign him before Uehara decided to accept
Boston’s offer.

“We would have liked to have him back,” Daniels said. “We
made an offer early in the process.”

Uehara had a 1.75 ERA in 37 relief appearances this year,
holding batters to a .160 average.

Earlier in the week, Texas agreed to an $8 million, two-year
contract with Joakim Soria, who is coming back from elbow surgery.

“Once we signed Joakim, we held back from making other
proposals to relievers right now, just `til we know what’s going on
with the rest of the club,” Daniels said. “It’s still an area
that we need to continue to address, and that’s why we tried to do
it a little on the cheaper side while we look at some of these
other things.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved


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