By appearing in his 55th game for Boston on Tuesday,
Koji Uehara vested his 2014 option (AP photo)
Somebody, anybody, quick — give a brother a high-five.
When Red Sox closer Koji Uehara came out of the bullpen and into his 55th game of the season Tuesday night in Toronto, it triggered a vesting option worth $4.25 million for 2014, meaning Uehara will be back in Boston for at least one more year.
His 55th outing was just as smooth as most of his appearances have been for the Sox this season: the hard-throwing righthander faced four batters and retired them all to earn his third win of the year and lower his ERA to 1.32.
There’s still potentially more money on the table for the 38-year-old native of Neyawaga, Japan — if Uehara finishes 35 games, it will boost his 2014 vesting option to $5M. Tuesday’s win over the Jays marked the 24th time that Uehara has finished a game for the Sox this season.
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