Boston Red Sox Favorites to Land Japanese Reliever


The Red Sox may not be done adding to their Major League roster.  Reportedly, the Red Sox are expressing interest and are the favorites to land Japanese reliever Hirokazu Sawamura.

Sawamura has been looking to transition to the United States, and according to a report out of Japan, Boston is a serious candidate.  In an interview with Yahoo Japan, the Japanese right-hander said about Boston, “I have a longing and a dream.  I want to swing by arm with the team that I need the most.” 

The 32-year-old could be an additional weapon for the back end of Boston’s bullpen.  If he signs with the Red Sox, Sawamura would complement newly acquired Adam Ottavino.  Sawamura had a great year in 2020 posting a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings of work for Chiba Lotte Marines. 

According to Nikkan Sports, Sawamura has flown to the United States to negotiate with big league teams.  He is considered a power reliever with a fastball that tops out at 99 mph. The free agent right-hander also features a splitter that sits in the low-90’s as well.

The Red Sox appear to be inching closer to a deal with the Japanese power right-hander.  If he signs a Major-League deal with Boston another player would need to be removed off the 40-man roster.  The club has yet to announce a roster move to facilitate lefty Martin Perez, who was signed a few weeks back. 

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