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Junichi Tazawa | Relief Pitcher | #25

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / BOS
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Marlins signed RHP Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12 million contract.
The deal was first reported Thursday and was officially announced Friday. The Marlins whiffed on luring a big-name free agent closer, so they've pivoted and are now targeting setup types like Tazawa. He's put up a 4.15 ERA over the last two seasons but boasts a 110/27 K/BB ratio over 108 1/3 innings during that time. The righty will help set up for A.J. Ramos. Fri, Dec 16, 2016 05:27:00 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed free agent reliever Junichi Tazawa to a two-year contract.

The deal is worth $12 million total, per Rosenthal. The Marlins aimed high in free agency in hopes of building a "super bullpen," but they have pivoted in their approach now that Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen are off the board. Tazawa owns a 4.15 ERA over the last two season, but he has compiled 110 strikeouts with 27 walks in 108 1/3 innings during that time. He figures to operate as part of the bridge to closer A.J. Ramos with his new club.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 07:34:00 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:06:00 AM

Red Sox activated RHP Junichi Tazawa from the 15-day disabled list.

Tazawa missed just a few days over the minimum with a right shoulder impingement. He'll return to a setup role for now but could potentially get some save chances while Craig Kimbrel (knee) and Koji Uehara (pectoral) are out if Brad Ziegler struggles.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) hopes to be activated from the disabled list this Friday.

Tazawa made it through a simulated game Tuesday without issue and should get clearance to return Friday as long as he wakes up Wednesday with no abnormal discomfort. The veteran reliever has been on the disabled list since July 4 because of a shoulder impingement.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 04:39:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) tossed a successful bullpen session on Friday afternoon.

Tazawa threw 25 pitches, all fastballs, and reported feeling good. Out since July 4 with a shoulder impingement, he is aiming to return to the Red Sox next week.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 03:52:00 PM

Red Sox placed RHP Junichi Tazawa on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

The move is retroactive to July 4, so Tazawa could return as early as Tuesday. Tazawa has had a so-so year out of the Red Sox pen, contributing a 3.62 ERA over 35 appearances. It's been a tough couple weeks for Red Sox relievers with Tazawa hurt and Craig Kimbrel out with a torn meniscus.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa was unavailable on Friday due to shoulder discomfort.

The Red Sox were also without Craig Kimbrel who is dealing with a knee injury. Tazawa isn't scheduled to undergo an MRI at this time, so he should be considered day-to-day.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 10:58:00 PM

Red Sox and RHP Junichi Tazawa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract.

When arbitration figures were exchanged last Friday, the Sox offered $2.7 million, while Tazawa asked for $4.15 million. They found a middle ground on Wednesday. In 2015, the 29-year-old reliever pitched to a 4.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 56/13 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. It was the first time he had posted an ERA north of 3.20 since he became a regular arm in the Boston bullpen back in 2012.
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 07:45:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa requested $4.15 million and was offered $2.7 million by the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected Tazawa to make $3.3 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. He held a 4.14 ERA in the Red Sox' bullpen last season.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa has been shut down for the season due to his workload.

Tazawa has made 61 appearances this season and show signs of fatigue the last few weeks, allowing nine runs over his last 6 2/3 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter and will be back as the Red Sox' setup man.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 11:54:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa pitched terribly in the 10th inning of Friday's win over the Mets, walking four and allowing one run in 2/3 of an inning.

Tazawa came on with the Red Sox holding a 6-3 lead in the 10th inning, then proceeded to almost blow that advantage. The strangest bit of his appearance is that he picked up the first two outs relatively easily. Then, things became considerably less easy, as Tazawa walked four straight batters to force in a run. Craig Breslow had to come out of the pen to relieve the closer in mid-inning, something that's rarely seen. We'll see if the Sox opt to continue sticking with him in this role, but Friday's appearance could not have been encouraging. Tazawa's now the owner of a 3.79 ERA.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 12:09:00 AM

Junichi Tazawa recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth Wednesday against the White Sox.

Tazawa allowed a leadoff single, only because he failed to cover first base on the grounder to the right side. He then retired three in a row. Tazawa was coming off a horrible outing Sunday against the Royals in which he gave up four runs and could have allowed more. The Red Sox, though, are sticking with him as the closer.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 11:43:00 PM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said Monday that he will stick with Junichi Tazawa as the team's closer.

Tazawa allowed four earned runs on six hits en route to blowing a save on Sunday, but the Red Sox will keep him in the ninth inning for now. "I think we're going to stay with Taz, for sure," Lovullo said. "He's probably going to get a day off today. He threw 30-31 pitches. We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning, just because you might have a situation where you don't get the job done and don't execute, it wouldn't help him right now to just pull it away from him. That's not what we're about. We want to be consistent with what’s happening every day, and Taz is our closer and we like him in that situation." If Boston does eventually decide to make a change, Jean Machi is likely next in line for saves.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 08:03:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa blew a save in brutal fashion Sunday afternoon against the Royals, allowing four earned runs on six hits in the top of the ninth inning.

Tazawa was dreadful from the jump, and the Boston dugout let him wear it. He faced eight batters, and seven of them reached base. It actually could have been an uglier outing, but the Red Sox cut down two Kansas City runners. The back end of the Boston bullpen is a mess.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 05:33:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2A.J. Ellis
3Tomas Telis
4Ramon Cabrera
5Carlos Paulino
1B1Justin Bour
2Tyler Moore
2B1Dee Gordon
2Derek Dietrich
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Miguel Rojas
3Ryan Jackson
4Austin Nola
5J.T. Riddle
3B1Martin Prado
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Christian Yelich
2Yefri Perez
3Matt den Dekker
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
2Ichiro Suzuki
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Adam Conley
3Edinson Volquez
4Dan Straily
5Tom Koehler
6Jeff Locke
7Jose Urena
8Justin Nicolino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1A.J. Ramos
2Kyle Barraclough
3Brad Ziegler
4David Phelps
5Junichi Tazawa
6Dustin McGowan
7Brian Ellington
8Nick Wittgren
9Odrisamer Despaigne
10Hunter Cervenka
11Drew Steckenrider
12Brandon Cunniff
13Kyle Lobstein
14Frank Garces