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Mattingly confident Tazawa will deliver results

Finding consistency with the bullpen from year to year is a task, but Marlins manager Don Mattingly has all the confidence that former Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa can fit in with a new team in 2017.
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Marlins Reward Consistency, Sign Junichi Tazawa

The first few leaderboard sorts don’t produce many revelations about Junichi Tazawa, but if you finagle the filters and the cutoffs, you start to see why he might be attractive to a club. It’s more about consistency and volume than anything, and that’s a rare quality for a reliever — sufficiently rare, it seems, to earn him a two-year deal worth $12 million, the terms he...
Via Fangraphs
December 16, 2016  |  Discuss

AP source: Tazawa takes $12 million, 2-year deal with Miami

MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the situation says free agent right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa has agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the contract won't be final until Tazawa passes a physical. Tazawa gets $5 million next season and $7 million...
Via Associated Press
December 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Say Thanks to Junichi Tazawa, Too

Now that the Red Sox are out of the playoffs, the Internet is filled to the brim with farewells to David Ortiz. This is obviously well-earned, and there is no such thing as too much praise for the future Hall of Famer. I’m as sad as everyone else about Ortiz’s departure from baseball, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reliving his career with each and every piece. Nonetheless, I’m...
Via BP Boston
October 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox Place Junichi Tazawa On 15-Day DL With Right Shoulder Injury

Boston’s bullpen took another hit Thursday. The Red Sox placed reliever Junichi Tazawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. The DL stint is retroactive to July 4, as Tazawa last pitched in a game July 3. Right-hander William Cuevas has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Tazawa’s spot on the 25-man roster. Tazawa’s injury is a blow to Boston’s...
July 14, 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...
Via BP Boston
January 18, 2016  |  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

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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