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MLB Rumors: Red Sox close to signing Japanese reliever Hirokazu Sawamura

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The Boston Red Sox reportedly are looking overseas to bolster their bullpen for 2021.

According to MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox are progressing toward a major-league deal with Japanese relief pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura.

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Sawamura, who turns 33 in April, posted a 2.77 ERA in 400 appearances through his nine Nippon Professional Baseball seasons. After a slow start in 2020 with the Yomiuri Giants (6.08 ERA in 13.2 innings), the right-handed rebounded after being traded to the Chiba Lotte Marines (1.71 ERA in 21 innings).

Sawamura boasts a high-90s fastball to go along with a low-90s splitter and a slider. 

 

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