Hardball Talk "From Jon Heyman of MLB Network comes word that the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with reliever Junichi Tazawa by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract for 2016. This was Tazawa’s final turn through the arbitration process. He can become a free agent leading into the 2017 season." January 21
Boston Herald "Junichi Tazawa is like the best friend anybody could ask for; always reliable, never looking for the spotlight and willing to do anything for the good of the group. In the sixth, seventh or eighth inning, he’ll pitch five times a week if he’s asked to. He’ll do it fluidly, too, rarely walking a..." January 13
CSN New England "After their extra-inning loss to the Orioles Tuesday night, the Red Sox revealed that Junichi Tazawa would not pitch again this season. And that's the right thing to do. Interim manager Torey Lovullo stressed that Tazawa wasn't dealing with an injury. Rather, Lovullo explained, the Red..." September 17
Lovullo said Junichi Tazawa has been shut down for the season based on his workload. No injury.
Hardball Talk "Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is out for the rest of the season with a fractured wrist, but manager John Farrell told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that Jean Machi, not Junichi Tazawa, will get first crack at ninth-inning duties. Tazawa has been Uehara’s primary setup man and has a 3.25 ERA in..." August 11
#Redsox avoid arbitration with Junichi Tazawa. He gets $1.275M for 2014.
Mgr John Farrell just told us he'd like to use Tazawa as closer and keep Koji in the 8th @mlbnetworkradio