December 15, 2016 / 1:05 AM / 2 years ago

Japanese closer Uehara signs with Chicago Cubs

(Reuters) - Veteran Japanese closer Koji Uehara has signed with the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs, the Major League Baseball team said on Wednesday.

Jul 16, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Boston Red Sox won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2016-07-16T233408Z_305668113_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-BOSTON-RED-SOX-AT-NEW-YORK-YANKEES.JPG

Terms of the contract were not disclosed but a report on MLB’s website said it was a one-year deal worth $6 million.

In bringing the right-hander to Chicago, the Cubs have further bolstered their bullpen, and their already formidable roster.

In eight MLB seasons spent with Baltimore, Texas and Boston, the 41-year-old Uehara is 19-22 with a 2.53 ERA.

Before coming to North America, Uehara played 10 seasons in his native Japan with the Yomiuri Giants.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue

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