Tuesday, November 25, 2008


It's still not official, but every sign points to Junichi Tazawa choosing to sign with the Red Sox. The offer the Sox made is said to be worth $6 million, and was not the biggest offer he received. But he's apparently a big Matsuzaka fan, and the Sox are perennial contenders, of course.

Now before everyone gets all excited about a new #5 starter, simmer down, have some sake, and remember that he's 22. He's at the same developmental stage as a kid drafted out of college. He'll probably start in AA Portland, and might make it to the big leagues for September call-ups.

But adding depth to the already heavy list of pitching prospects under Red Sox control is a very nice thing to see.

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