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Junichi Tazawa | Relief Pitcher | #25

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Marlins placed RHP Junichi Tazawa on the 10-day disabled list with rib cartilage inflammation.
Tazawa allowed a grand slam to Yulieski Gurriel in his last appearance out of the Marlins' bullpen, pushing his season ERA to 6.60. Maybe a bit of time off can act as a reset for the veteran setup man, who inked a two-year, $12 million free agent contract with Miami over the winter. May 17 - 9:54 AM

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Junichi Tazawa is headed to the 10-day disabled list, per's Joe Frisaro.

The exact injury is unknown, though Tazawa battled shoulder problems with the Red Sox in 2016. The veteran right-hander owns a brutal 6.60 ERA in 16 appearances this season out of the Marlins' bullpen. Bryan Ellington will be called up from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding 25-man roster move.
May 16 - 10:59 PM

Junichi Tazawa gave up a grand slam in the sixth inning Monday versus the Astros.

It was Yuli Gurriel who took him deep. Tazawa loaded the bases with a double, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. The veteran right-hander holds a rough 6.60 ERA on the season.
May 15 - 10:16 PM

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

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. 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

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2Christian Colon
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
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3B1Martin Prado
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Starting Pitcher
S1Wei-Yin Chen
2Edinson Volquez
3Dan Straily
4Jeff Locke
5Jose Urena
6Justin Nicolino
7Tom Koehler
8Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
R1A.J. Ramos
2Kyle Barraclough
3Brad Ziegler
4David Phelps
5Junichi Tazawa
6Dustin McGowan
7Nick Wittgren
8Jarlin Garcia
9Brian Ellington
10Drew Steckenrider