Some food for thought that might justify keeping him around if the issues are mechanical and fixable. Koji Uehara has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio remains the best in baseball history, by a wide margin. He has struck out 8.85 batters per walk. No other pitcher in baseball history with at least 300 innings pitched has struck out more than 5.39 batters per walk.
For now the decision has been made to pull him out of the closer role. A move that was made at the request of the player himself.
Koji told Masashi Yamazaki of the Tokyo Sports Press that he requested the team remove him from the closer's role b/c he wasn't performing.
— John Tomase (@jtomase) September 5, 2014
Uehara is well aware that something needs to be fixed. With rest, with mechanical changes, with whatever it takes but for now he is not closing out games for the Red Sox, Edward Mujica will take on that role.
Farrell on Koji:"He's moved out of closer spot temporarily. We'll close w/ Mujica. Ideally we'll have him close games before end of season."
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 5, 2014
For now it is not about shutting him down for the season, just providing more rest as one possible solution.
A big question for the Red Sox will be whether they want to tender a qualifying offer in the neighborhood of $15MM dollars to Uehara with this sudden decline.
Either way, looking forward the Red Sox could have many options in the closer role.
#RedSox 2015 closer candidates: Heath Hembree, Edward Mujica, Koji, Drake Britton, Andrew Miller, Rubby De La Rosa, or another free agent.
— Frank Pimentel (@FrankLaTank) September 5, 2014
Who would be your closer in 2015 right now, a single guy or a combination of arms?
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell