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.
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