Red Sox sign Uehara to two-year deal

The Red Sox wasted little time in locking up closer Koji Uehara, announcing on Thursday that they have signed the right-handed reliever to a two-year contract through the 2016 season. Sources told the deal is worth $18 million.

Uehara went 6-5 with a 2.52 ERA and 26 saves in 64 appearances last season. He didn’t allow a run in 53 of his outings on the year.

The 39-year-old right-hander struck out 80 batters, walked eight and served up 10 homers over 64 1/3 innings. He also was named to the American League All-Star team for the first time in his six-year career.

Boston signed Uehara to a two-year, $9.25 million contract in December 2012. He’s put together a 1.75 ERA in the two seasons since then, the best mark in club history with a minimum of 75 innings pitched.

In other Red Sox news, outfielder Rusney Castillo (right thumb contusion) will be held out for the remainder of the Arizona Fall League schedule and will not participate in any baseball activities for the time being. The club will determine a plan for Castillo to continue winter ball in the next few weeks.

Also, catcher David Ross and reliever Burke Badehop have elected free agency.

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