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Cubs make it official, sign reliever Koji Uehara to one-year deal

Cubs make it official, sign reliever Koji Uehara to one-year deal

The Cubs made things official Wednesday, announcing a one-year deal for veteran reliever Koji Uehara.

Uehara has spent the past eight seasons as a major league reliever, posting a 2.53 ERA in 437 2/3 career innings. After splitting four seasons between the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, he was a key piece of the puzzle for the Boston Red Sox for the past four years.

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Uehara turned in a sensational 2013 campaign during the Red Sox run to a World Series championship. The righty put up a sparkling 1.09 ERA in 74 1/3 innings that season, finishing seventh in American League Cy Young voting and 19th in AL MVP voting. Uehara starred in the 2013 postseason, turning in a 0.66 ERA over 13 2/3 innings and winning ALCS MVP honors. He earned the save in seven of the 17 games he pitched in during that postseason run.

Uehara was an All Star in 2014. He posted ERAs of 2.52 and 2.23 in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

His ERA jumped up to 3.45 last season, his fourth with the Red Sox, but Uehara brings veteran experience and postseason experience to a Cubs bullpen that has already added All-Star closer Wade Davis this offseason.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Jon Lester returns to the Cubs in typical Lester fashion

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Jon Lester returns to the Cubs in typical Lester fashion

David Haugh, Matt Zahn, Jim Litke and Steve Wilkos join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Steve talks about the new season of "The Steve Wilkos Show". Plus, he talks about being a Chicago sports fan in the Northeast and his love for the Cubs and Bears.

9:30- The Cubs fall to the Dodgers but Jon Lester pitches well in his return.

14:00- Addison Russell begins his minor league assignment. When should the Cubs bring him back up to the majors?

20:30- JJ Stankevitz joins Kap from Halas Hall to discuss the Bears' plans for the draft.

23:00- Robbie Gould wants out of San Francisco. Could he be dealt this weekend during the draft?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Jon Lester returns and Addison Russell's future with the Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Jon Lester returns and Addison Russell's future with the Cubs

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss Lester's return, the upcoming road trip, plus Addison Russell talks about his suspension.

01:00 Lester looked good in his return to the rotation

03:30 Bullpen getting help from unexpected sources

05:00 Was Almora's hair the reason he wasn't hitting homers?

06:45 Kris Byrant looking better at the plate

09:30 Cubs get ready for game at Arizona and Seattle

10:30 Addison Russell's future with the Cubs

18:30 Will Russell be with the Cubs on May 3rd when eligible?

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