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POLL: Reluctance To Deal Tazawa Or Buchholz

Early results to our latest FenwayNation Poll show that readers are about equally reluctant to deal away Junichi Tazawa and Clay Buchholz in any "sell-off" trade by the Red Sox. As the chart shows, just over three in ten (31%) pick Tazawa as the player they don't want to trade at the deadline, followed very closely by Buchholz (28%). Mike Napoli is next on the list (17%), followed...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals trade rumors: Junichi Tazawa edition

The Nationals’ bullpen struggles this year have been well documented. Without the aid of Tyler Clippard, Rafael Soriano and Craig Stammen, Washington has struggled to bridge the gap between their starting pitcher and their lights out closer, Drew Storen. So far, Storen has been all-star worthy, posting a 1.11 ERA with 19 saves. However, aside from that, the rest of the bullpen...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Junichi Tazawa ‘Caught In-Between’ Against Nelson Cruz

“I own that one.” Those four words from John Farrell summed up the Boston Red Sox manager’s mindset following his team’s 2-1, walk-off loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday at Safeco Field. The skipper completely shouldered the blame for what he described as a “terrible decision” in the ninth inning of the defeat. Farrell’s decision to call upon Junichi Tazawa and...
May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa – Possible Closer?

Junichi Tazawa #36 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Fenway Park on September 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Even before the injury that will cause closer Koji Uehara to start the year on the disabled list, the Red Sox closer situation was unsettled. Edward Mujica, who was brought in last year...
Via Fenway West
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox And Junichi Tazawa Settle On Contract

One of the true bright lights of the Boston bullpen—Junichi Tazawa—avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Red Sox. Tazawa—a homegrown Red Sox product—has come into his own in the last few seasons, becoming a reliable set-up man for The Carmine Hose. The 28-year old righty posted a 2.86 ERA in 2014—hurling 63 innings. Over the last...
Via FenwayNation
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Taking Pride In Being Shutdown Reliever With Red Sox

Being a middle reliever/setup man often is thankless. Some bullpen stalwarts, like Junichi Tazawa, are OK with that reality. Tazawa, who has been a key cog in the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen the last three seasons, takes pride in his work. The right-hander might not know whether he’s going to pitch the sixth, seventh or eighth inning on a given day, but he can rest assured he...
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Tazawa’s Role, Perkins’ Bullets, Butler, Buck, Baseball Americana

Junichi Tazawa is satisfied with his current role. Sort of. The 28-year-old set-up specialist would rather start or close, but he’s comforted by the knowledge that outs in the seventh and eighth innings can be every bit as valuable as outs in the ninth. And he gets a lot of them. Tazawa made 71 appearances […]
Via Fangraphs
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Rough Outing Among Trends Continued In Red Sox’s Loss

The list of certainties in life keeps evolving. Marcus Stroman shutting down the Boston Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa flopping against the Toronto Blue Jays and Joe Kelly walking away as a hard-luck loser represent three key additions to a list previously comprised of only death and taxes. The Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep Wednesday with a 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre...
August 27, 2014  |  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

Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa & 'Sweet Caroline'

Red Sox Photo Via TWITTERThe meeting between World Series champions Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy took place Tuesday. Kennedy—the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and the inspiration for the Fenway anthem 'Sweet Caroline'—posed with the 2103 World Series trophy. Said Kennedy, "This is a great event. Last fall's victory would not...
Via FenwayNation
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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