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Over the Monster Feb 5, 2016

Can Junichi Tazawa take back the setup role?

With the acquisition of Carson Smith and Craig Kimbrel, Junichi Tazawa likely finds himself out of the 8th inning. But that doesn't mean he won't make his way back by season's end. Junichi Tazawa finds himself in a drastically different position from the one he's gotten used to these past few seasons. For the first time, Tazawa is not the prime set-up man for the closer. For the first time, Tazawa won't be brought on in every single tight eighth inning. Red Sox fans will no longer need to cringe every time he comes into the game against his kryptonite--I refer, of course, to the Blue...
Fenway Nation Jan 21, 2016

Red Sox And Junichi Tazawa Agree On One-Year Deal

()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 to significantly upgrade the Red Sox bullpen, manager John Farrell will not have to rely as heavily on Tazawa as in the past. Tazawa's burdensome workload was clearly affecting his performance as 2015 wore on.
Over the Monster Jan 21, 2016

Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa agree to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

The Red Sox and Junichi Tazawa have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.375 million contract. The Red Sox and Junichi Tazawa settled on a one-year deal worth $3.375 million Wednesday night, keeping the Red Sox and their reliever from facing an arbitration hearing. The $3.375 million is just $50,000 off the midway point between the figures submitted by Tazawa ($4.15 million) and the Red Sox ($2.7 million), with the Red Sox coming out just barely ahead if you're really looking to declare a winner. While the two sides were pretty far apart, with Tazawa wanting more than half again what the...

Tazawa, Red Sox reach deal, avoid arbitration

Tazawa, Red Sox reach deal, avoid arbitration
Full Count | WEEI Jan 20, 2016

Junichi Tazawa avoid arbitration, agrees to 1-year deal

Two down, one to go. The Red Sox find themselves just one Robbie Ross Jr. contract agreement from extending their streak of not having to participate in an arbitration hearing to 14 years. (The last time they had to experience such an endeavor was prior to the 2002 season, when Rolando Arrojo lost his case, […]
The Republican Jan 20, 2016
Boston Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa settles for one-year, 3.375-million contract, per report

Boston Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa settles for one-year, 3.375-million contract, per report

Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa is in his final year being arbitration eligible. So he is eligible for free agency following the 2016 season.
Over the Monster Jan 19, 2016

Daily Red Sox Links: Junichi Tazawa, Jackie Bradley, Rusney Castillo

Today's links look at the strange arbitration case for Junichi Tazawa, a year in review for Henry Owens, and what projects to be the best lineup for the Red Sox. Ryan P. Morrison takes a deeper look at the arbitration case for Junichi Tazawa. (Ryan P. Morrison; BP Boston) Jackie Bradley is ready to take over center field for the second time in three years, hopefully with better results this time. (Ian Browne; RedSox.com) Rusney Castillo is looking to make a statement this year as well, and he's getting warmed up in Puerto Rico. (Christopher Smith; Masslive) Here's a look back at the...
Over the Monster Jan 15, 2016

Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa far apart on arbitration figures

Is Boston's arbitration record in danger? The Red Sox and Junichi Tazawa have exchanged arbitration figures, and they're not particularly close, with Tazawa coming in at $4.15 million and the team at $2.7 million. Honestly, it's hard to understand Tazawa's position on this one. Going by the typical 40/60/80 arbitration rule-of-thumb, Tazawa should be in line for a salary about a third again as large as his last, which came in at $2.25 million. That would put him at exactly $3 million, making Boston's offer perhaps slightly low, but there's more to it than that. After all, the idea is that a...
Fenway Nation Jan 15, 2016

Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross, Junichi 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 would be held in February. All three should see at least modest bumps from their 2015 salaries—with Tazawa likely getting the biggest boost. Stay tuned.

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