BALTIMORE -- For an extended period, John Farrell met with closer Koji Uehara in the manager's office at Camden Yards.
But when the two emerged, Farrell insisted there were no issues with the veteran reliever.
"Koji's fine,'' said Farrell. "(It's) no different than with other guys - a chance to sit down and talk with. Just touching base after the three consecutive games he pitched (last Thursday through Saturday) and he came through it fine. It was more checking in to see how he came through the repeated use.''
Uehara was unavailable on Sunday when the Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overtake Oakland. The Sox so no need to pitch him four straight days, so Tommy Layne handled the ninth.
It was here in Baltimore, of course, that Uehara had a poor outing back on April 19, leading some to believe he might not pitch effectively in the closer's role.
But since then, Uehara has been remarkably consistent. In 17 games between trips to Baltimore, Uehara was 10-for-11 in save chances with a 1.84 ERA, allowing just eight hits in 14 2/3 innings.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — J.D. Martinez isn’t letting the frozen free-agent market get to his head.
Martinez signed a five-year, $110 million deal late last February, though the slugger can exercise his opt-out clause following the 2019 season. Sunday at JetBlue Park, Martinez was asked whether the uncertainty of free agency affects his thoughts on a possible opt-out at the end of the year.
“I don’t really think it does,” he said. “Personally, you listen to obviously Scott [Boras] and their advice, and that’s what they’re really good at. But at the end of the day I know my value and I know what I bring to the table, and I really don’t kind of look at that. I kind of judge me on me.”
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Monday morning on WEEI’s “Mut and Callahan,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the team has had talks of an extension with ace Chris Sale, but not Martinez.
Xander Bogaerts had a different answer when asked whether the slow free-agent market could affect his future plans. “You obviously have to think about it,” said Boston’s homegrown shortstop.
With Martinez, Sale, Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts all on the verge of hitting the market, the Red Sox brass has their work cut out for them in 2019.
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