Koji Uehara reaches agreement with Red Sox
Reliever Koji Uehara has reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical.
The 37-year-old right-hander spent the last two seasons with Texas, and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that he had tried to re-sign him before Uehara decided to accept Boston's offer.
"We would have liked to have him back," Daniels said. "We made an offer early in the process."
Uehara had a 1.75 ERA in 37 relief appearances this year, holding batters to a .160 average.
Earlier in the week, Texas agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract with Joakim Soria, who is coming back from elbow surgery.
"Once we signed Joakim, we held back from making other proposals to relievers right now, just "til we know what's going on with the rest of the club," Daniels said. "It's still an area that we need to continue to address, and that's why we tried to do it a little on the cheaper side while we look at some of these other things."
Phillies get CF Revere for RHPs Worley, May
The Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Revere fills Philadelphia's need for a center fielder. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter batted .294 with 40 stolen bases in 124 games last season.
Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011 and helping the Phillies win their fifth straight NL East title. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training. May was 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA at Double-A Reading.
Revere, a former first-round pick by the Twins, is a .278 hitter with 64 RBIs and 74 steals in two-plus seasons with Minnesota. He's made 126 career starts in center field, 84 in right field and 19 in left field.
OF Johnson stays with Braves
Reed Johnson, the top pinch hitter in the National League last season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014.
The deal was announced two days before Johnson turned 36.
Atlanta acquired Johnson and pitcher Paul Maholm from the Chicago Cubs on July 30. Johnson hit a combined .290 with three home runs and 20 RBIs last season. He batted .419 (18 for 43) as a pinch hitter. Johnson is a career .284 hitter with 62 home runs for Toronto, the Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta since making his major league debut in 2003.
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