Junichi Tazawa Rumors

Odds and Ends: Wade, Crisp, Holliday

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Odds and Ends: Tazawa, Boras, Cuban

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Tigers Rumors: Tazawa, Putz

According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Detroit Tigers are interested in Japanese pitcher Junichi Tazawa. Morosi lists the Red Sox, Mariners, Braves and Phillies as other potential suitors for the 22-year-old.

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told Morosi that it’s “too early to tell” whether the club will pursue Tazawa aggresively.

Though Morosi doesn’t think the Tigers have a great chance of signing Tazawa, their chances of signing Japanese players have gone up since they hired Kevin Hooker to co-ordinate their Pacific Rim scouting.

Morosi also wonders whether the Tigers would part with Matt Joyce or Jeff Larish in a deal for J.J. Putz. Earlier this week, Morosi wrote that the Tigers would have to find bullpen help outside the organization.



Odds and Ends: Tazawa, Young, Kouzmanoff

Links for Friday.  As always, I’ll update this post with more stuff so refresh later if you’re interested.


Law’s Latest: Tazawa, Francoeur, Tigers

Here’s a look at the latest blog post from ESPN’s Keith Law.

  • Junichi Tazawa is not free to sign with an MLB team until he finishes a tournament later this month.  Law and David O’Brien report that the Braves have made an offer to Tazawa.
  • Law is also on board with O’Brien’s statement that Jeff Francoeur‘s name has not come up in trade talks.
  • The Indians’ wish list: late inning reliever, an infielder, and a starter.  Paul Hoynes discussed the closer situation this morning.
  • Law says the Tigers do have money to spend this winter.  Yesterday we figured they might have around $14MM to work with.

Braves Rumors: Ludwick, Johnson, Escobar, Francoeur

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has all kinds of Braves info, found in the body and comments of his latest blog post.

  • The Braves have expressed interest in Ryan Ludwick, and the Cardinals would be willing to take Kelly Johnson or Yunel Escobar in return.  However, the Braves would probably have to include one of their middle infielders in a Jake Peavy deal and don’t want to trade both this winter.
  • Braves GM Frank Wren publicly acknowledged the Peavy trade talks.  O’Brien believes a package built around Escobar has a chance.  Pitching prospect Tommy Hanson is not available.  The Braves don’t have interest in Khalil Greene, by the way.
  • The Braves aren’t looking to sign health risk-starters like Ben Sheets and Brad Penny.
  • The Braves have an eye on the available White Sox veterans: Jermaine Dye, Nick Swisher, and Javier Vazquez.
  • The latest word on Atlanta’s offer to Junichi Tazawa: a $4-5MM signing bonus and a four-year contract, which wouldn’t be counted against ’09 payroll.  Speaking of Tazawa – the Rangers are in on him too.
  • The Braves are not shopping Jeff Francoeur.  His name has not surfaced in trade talks.

Red Sox Rumors: Bay, Tazawa, Kawakami, Lugo

Collecting today’s Red Sox rumors and links…

  • Nick Cafardo says the Red Sox did not meet with C.C. Sabathia‘s agent and he doesn’t appear to be in their plans.
  • The Sox are eyeing southpaw reliever Billy Traber, according to WEEI’s Alex Speier.
  • Scott Boras believes Derek Lowe would be a good fit in Boston or New York.  Nick Cafardo says Lowe would like to return to Boston, maybe even at a slight discount.
  • Jason Bay‘s agents say he’s loving Boston and is open to a contract extension.
  • When asked about the possibility of Manny Ramirez signing with the Yankees, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein basically said it’s not his concern.
  • Otherwise, the theme of Epstein’s comments was flexibility.  Justin Masterson could be a starter or reliever, and Epstein won’t get hung up on acquiring any one player.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Red Sox are heavily involved on Junichi Tazawa, though the Braves and Mariners are after him as well.  The Sox also like Kenshin Kawakami and may have interest in Paul Byrd and Javier Vazquez.
  • Cafardo believes the Mets and White Sox have interest in Julio Lugo.  It would have to be a bad contract swap.  Cafardo adds that the Red Sox view Jacoby Ellsbury as their starting center fielder, and there has been trade interest in Coco Crisp.
  • Boston’s luxury tax threshold for 2009 is $160.5MM.
  • By tomorrow the Red Sox should receive the Jason Varitek book compiled by the Boras corporation.  Boras gave a ridiculous Varitek pitch to the media; click the link for quotes.  Epstein will meet with Boras today to discuss his clients.
  • The Red Sox plan to talk to the Rangers, with Taylor Teagarden, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Gerald Laird as possibilities.  For Teagarden, the Red Sox would probably have to give up Clay Buchholz or Michael Bowden.

Odds and Ends: Twins, Big Unit, Rockies

Links and tidbits for Wednesday.  Remember to check back on this post for updates!


Marlins Rumors: Max Ramirez, Pavano, Rhodes

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has the latest on the Marlins.

  • The Marlins have had informal talks with the Rangers regarding catcher Max Ramirez.  The Fish are willing to trade lefty Scott Olsen, though the Rangers are wary of his makeup and home run tendencies.  The Marlins are OK with their in-house options if they can’t work out a trade.  The Marlins aren’t interested in Gerald Laird.
  • The Marlins may consider bringing Carl Pavano back to Florida, the site of his last success.
  • Luis Gonzalez, Mark Hendrickson, Paul Lo Duca, and Arthur Rhodes are the Marlins’ free agents.  Of the four, Rhodes stands a chance of being re-signed.  However, the Marlins have not spoken to Rhodes’ agent in weeks.
  • Juan C. Rodriguez reports that despite reports, the Marlins are not in on Junichi Tazawa.

Braves Offer Tazawa Major League Contract

8:09pm: According to John Hickey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mariners scouts met with Tazawa today.  The Yankees will not pursue Tazawa.

7:25pm: O’Brien has more.  He says the Braves made a multiyear offer to Tazawa, and will know his decision in a few weeks.  In an earlier post, O’Brien passed along a rumor that the Braves’ offer topped the $6MM Pedro Alvarez received.

4:10pm: According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves offered Junichi Tazawa a Major League contract.  O’Brien says the Red Sox, Mariners, Cubs, and Marlins are also interested in the 22 year-old pitcher.  This offer could put the Braves in the lead, but the dollar amount is unknown.