The Japanese baseball-centric website NPBtracker.com reports that, according to various Japanese media sources (namely, Nikkan Sports, Mainichi, and Sponichi), 22-year-old righthander Junichi Tazawa is “set to sign with the Red Sox,” possibly as early as a week from today.
Pair this with the usual grain of salt.
The website reports that Tazawa has received the following offers (all major league contracts — which just means 40-man roster inclusion rather than a guaranteed April assignment to the big league club):
* Boston: 3 years, $3 million
* Seattle: 3 years, $3 million
* Atlanta: 4 years, $4-5 million
* Texas: 4 years, $7 million