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36 Junichi Tazawa RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 6/6/1986 | Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $815,000 | Owned/Started%: 7/6 | Average Draft Position: 293.67
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Red Sox won't have one primary setup reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said he won't designate one reliever to be the primary setup man for closer Koji Uehara. Farrell said Junichi Tazawa and Edward Mujica with both be used in the setup role.

"I think they're going to have similar roles. When you have multiple guys with similar talents, we can keep guys a little bit more fresh early on where you can rotate some guys through," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "We know with what both guys are coming off of, high number of appearances last year. We'd like to think we can alternate game to game rather than going back to back earlier in the year. That way we can keep guys more fresh, the deeper we go into the season."


Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Red Sox and pitcher Junichi Tazawa have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.275 million.

Tazawa is arbitration eligible for the first time this season. He went 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 72:12 K:BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings last season.


Junichi Tazawa delivers key bases-loaded out in Game 6 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa recorded just one out in Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday, but it was a big one, stranding three runners on base and ending a potential rally as the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1 in a championship-clinching victory.

Called upon with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Tazawa induced a grounder to the first baseman, maintaining his team's five-run lead with just six outs remaining. It was the biggest out of the night for the Red Sox, who got five scoreless appearances out of Tazawa during the World Series, four of which came with a single out.


Blue Jays seem to have Junichi Tazawa's number


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed his eighth home run Tuesday at Toronto. Surprisingly, five of the eight home runs allowed have come against the Blue Jays.

"I don’t think it’s their approach," Tazawa said, per the Boston Herald. "I just think I have to be more aggressive and do what I do best, and I think it’ll take care of itself."


Koji Uehara worth adding over Junichi Tazawa


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/21/2013) Though Junichi Tazawa was the Red Sox's choice to fill in at closer when Andrew Bailey was on the DL earlier this season, the latest reports suggest Koji Uehara is now. Hey, that works for Fantasy owners. Uehara has been the more effective of the two this season, boasting a 2.10 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 32 appearances, and has experience closing from his days with the Orioles.

Of course, just because you know to prioritize him over Tazawa (who could certainly still factor if Uehara falters) doesn't mean you should prioritize him over everyone. I don't think the move is meant to be permanent. Sounds to me like the Red Sox are taking the give-him-a-break-to-get-him-right approach with Bailey -- manager John Farrell referred to it as "backing him out of [the role]" -- which is why I'm not as excited to add Uehara as, say, Joaquin Benoit.

But interim roles do sometimes become permanent, so if I need saves, you can bet I'm putting in a claim for Uehara. I rank him 36th at reliever in Rotisserie leagues.

Junichi Tazawa in line to close?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa could be moving into the closer role soon, and he has the skills to succeed.

Tazawa's walk rate is the third lowest among relievers, and his strikeout rate ranks in the top-25. Tazawa only has one career save in the majors, but that shouldn't prevent Fantasy owners from taking a chance on him. The skill set is there, he just needs the opportunity. 


Red Sox not considering two-man closer committee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Although Red Sox interim closer Junichi Tazawa has posted a 9.00 ERA and one loss in his last two outings, manager John Farrell said Sunday he's not about to flip roles or go to a two-man closer committee with Koji Uehara

"I think it’s best for everyone in that bullpen to know who the closer is and guys will slot in roles prior to use of the closer," Farrell said when asked if a two-man closer committee would work in the interim. "I think just in terms of everyone knowing where they stand and the role that they occupy, that’s important for their own preparation as the game is nearing that seventh- through ninth-inning period."


Junichi Tazawa not shaken by misstep


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2013) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa (2-1) permitted a tiebreaking home run to Adam Lind in the ninth inning during Boston's 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday. It was the second straight appearance in which Tazawa, the team's newly appointed closer, has allowed a run in a non-save situation.

The right-hander surrendered another hit -- also his second outing in a row giving up two hits -- and struck out two batters. His ERA has swelled from 2.51 to 3.31 over his past two games, but he remains assured of his ability.

"I still have my confidence but I feel that I was given the chance to succeed so I feel bad about it," Tazawa told ESPN.com through an interpreter after the game. "But I still have my confidence. ... I didn't feel additional pressure."


Junichi Tazawa likely just a short-term fix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/7/2013) With Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan now both on the DL, the Red Sox will turn to Junichi Tazawa for their ninth-inning needs

Will he do a good job in the role? Probably. His 1.70 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 53 appearances over the last two seasons, when he was fully committed to relief, are exactly the kind of numbers you want from a closer. But I don't suspect he'll last long in the role because I don't suspect Bailey's or Hanrahan's injury will require much more than a minimal DL stay.

The Red Sox had a closer dilemma -- two proven guys still capable of getting the job done -- before Tazawa entered the picture. I'm thinking nothing Tazawa does in the next two weeks will convince them to muddy the waters further.

If I need saves and none are available on the waiver wire, I'm obviously making a play for Tazawa, but I'm expecting him to be just a short-term fix.


Junichi Tazawa a good short-term saves solution


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/7/2013) Now that we know Junichi Tazawa is the preferred closer option for Red Sox manager John Farrell while Joel Hanrahan (forearm) is sidelined, owners needing saves will likely be making a beeline to the waiver wire. Maybe Hanrahan won't be out for long, or maybe Andrew Bailey (biceps) can make a quick return from the 15-day disabled list, and either scenario would put Tazawa back in a setup role.

Then again, both relievers could be out awhile, and Tazawa has the skills to keep the closer's role if he is given a chance. He has already proven to be a reliable source of strikeouts and low WHIP, and he should do a reasonably good job of keeping the ball in the park.

If you need saves in the short run, Tazawa is highly available and probably better than your other low-cost options. You just may find yourself needing to replace him soon, should Hanrahan or Bailey make a quick return.


Red Sox leaning toward Junichi Tazawa as closer


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he would prefer to use Junichi Tazawa as the team's closer while keeping Koji Uehara in a setup role. Boston is in need of another closer after Andrew Bailey was placed on the disabled list with a biceps injury and Joel Hanrahan being hampered by a forearm issue that could force him to miss the next few games.

"I think what we'd love to do is close Tazawa. We'd keep Koji in that eighth inning role that he's been in," Farrell said. "Fortunately we do have some depth to turn to internally and we know that we've got to get through these next couple of days to kinda regroup. ... So we're kind of breathing a little thin ice down there right now and just trying to manage the best we can to get through these next couple of days to regroup."


Junichi Tazawa could factor into closer mix


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) With a key portion of the Red Sox bullpen hobbled by injuries, the team could look to relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa late in games. The right-hander paces the American League with nine holds and has surrendered just four runs over 14 1/3 innings this season.

Tazawa's command continues to be impressive as he's totaled 18 strikeouts to just three walks in 16 games. Last season, he struck out 45 batters and walked only five in a career-high 37 appearances.

"We’ve got a couple of guys out there that we feel confident they'll be able to close out games," manager John Farrell told reporters Monday, but declined to mention names.


Junichi Tazawa worth speculation in deeper leagues


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/6/2013) With Andrew Bailey out at least eight days, and Joel Hanrahan just a week out from his own activiation, it might be wise for a Fantasy owner in a deep league to take a closer look at Junichi Tazawa, who is likely the next in line for saves. 

This is pure speculation (with a nice base of logic, of course), but Tazawa is really just a little hamstring pain away from being the closer. This is, of course, assuming the likely Red Sox scenario -- that Tazawa would get the nod over Koji Uehara and Andrew Miller. Tazawa, 26, is 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, striking out 18 batters in 14 1/3 innings this season. He's already proven his worth in holds formats (second in MLB with nine), but could see a tremendous leap in value if he can find his way into some saves while Bailey is shelved. 


Junichi Tazawa racking up holds


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2013) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa has been a standout arm in the Boston bullpen through the first month of the season. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings.

Tazawa also has eight holds, 12 strikeouts and just one walk. Manager John Farrell has primarily used Tazawa in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning.


Tazawa recalled by Red Sox


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2012) The Red Sox recalled pitcher Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket the team announced Saturday.