What to expect: For one year and $4.25 million, the Sox are getting a pitcher they plan to use in the late innings. Uehara had a 1.75 ERA, a 0.64 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 36 innings. He walked just three batters. The bullpen was already shaping up to be a strength of the Red Sox before Uehara?s signing.
Who he replaces:Scott Atchison made 42 appearances for the Red Sox last season and posted a 1.58 ERA. He signed with the Mets this offseason. Mark Melancon was supposed to be the setup man last year, but he posted a 6.20 ERA in 41 games.