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Junichi Tazawa Can Serve as Carson Smith’s Replacement

Opening Day is a week away, and the Red Sox’s pitching staff is already hurting. First it was Eduardo Rodriguez, who is expected to miss the start of the season with a knee injury suffered early in spring training, leaving a hole in the rotation. Last week, the bullpen took a hit when newcomer Carson Smith experienced soreness in his right forearm. Smith’s injury is not as severe...
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March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox And Junichi Tazawa Agree On One-Year Deal

(Getty Images)The Red Sox and reliever Junichi Tazawa avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract. After the 2016 season, Tazawa will become a free agent. Given his uncharacteristically poor 2015, Boston was reticent to pledge any more "free agent" years to the right-hander—who will turn 30 this coming June. Given the efforts by Dave Dombrowski...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa, Red Sox Agree To One-Year Contract, Avoid Arbitration

Junichi Tazawa officially is sticking around Fenway Park for another season. The Boston Red Sox and the right-handed relief pitcher agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2016 season. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Wednesday. The deal allows for the two sides to avoid salary arbitration, leaving Robbie Ross Jr. as the...
January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

The Curious Arbitration Case of Junichi Tazawa

A “baseball arbitration” is a term with some currency in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) corner of the world. It’s not particularly helpful in a lot of circumstances to limit what an arbitrator can do, but in baseball it makes a ton of sense: we’re not looking at whether someone did or didn’t skip out on a contract obligation or should be responsible for...
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January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox Pitchers Kelly, Ross, Tazawa File For Arbitration

Three Red Sox players have filed for salary arbitration—pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Junichi Tazawa. All three qualify for the arbitration process by having no more than six, but no less than three years of major-league service time. Confused yet? The team and the three will exchange figures today—but that may or may not bring about resolutions. Without agreement, hearings...
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January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Shut Down For Remainder Of 2015

If you think the Red Sox bullpen stinks now, wait a minute. The team announced that eighth-inning set-up man Junichi Tazawa will be shut down for the rest of the season. The reason for the decommissioning is "fatigue" brought on by his 61 appearances in 2015. In the last several weeks, Tazawa has been uncharacteristically bad—so this is probably the right thing to do if they want...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Junichi Tazawa Remains At Closer Despite Struggles Vs. Royals (Video)

Even though Junichi Tazawa blew a save opportunity against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox plan to keep him at closer. Tazawa, who excelled in the set-up role, moved to closer after Koji Uehara suffered a season-ending injury. And even though he has struggled at times in his new role, the job remains his. “We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning,”...
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Junichi Tazawa’s Implosion Ends Boston’s Brief Momentum

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox’s bullpen let one slip away. Junichi Tazawa surrendered two runs on three hits in the eighth inning Sunday as the Red Sox blew a lead and suffered a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak for Boston, which now goes on an eight-game road trip. The close contest...
August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Absence Hurts Boston Red Sox In Momentum-Killing Loss

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa was unavailable. That explains a lot. Tazawa’s absence from the Red Sox’s series opener against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park raised eyebrows, as Boston sure could have used the reliable right-handed reliever in its 12-8, extra-inning loss. But while there were two situations — the eighth inning and...
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: Bullpen

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: BullpenThe Red Sox bullpen situation was nothing short of crazy last season, but it worked out for the best. With some new faces added to the mix, spring training will surely be a battle ground for the final bullpen spots. Longshots Drake Britton, Francisco Cordero, Rich Hill All three players could see time at the big league level later in the season...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

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