Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More from the Hot Stove Junkie

posted by Jon Williams
The latest Hot Stove Junkie is posted on RotoExperts.com. Lots of interesting moves last week to analyze.

The Boston Red Sox Sign another Japanese Pitcher
I ran into Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein last week. I wanted to ask him about his off-season plans but he just kept repeating the same phrase.

I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
I'm turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so
Turning Japanese
I think I'm turning Japanese
I really think so


After walking away in confusion, I heard some news that rather explained it. The Red Sox had just signed their third Japanese pitcher. Right-hander Junichi Tazawa signed a three-year deal for $3.3 million. Tazawa is just 22 years-old. He will begin the 2009 season pitching for the double-A Portland Sea Dogs. Translating Japanese numbers to relevance for fantasy leaguers has always been a problem but Tazawa appears worthy of top prospect status. He spent the last four years pitching in the Japanese Industrial League for Nippon Oil where he was 13-1 with 5 saves and a 0.80 ERA this season in 21 games. He struck out 114 batters to just 15 walks in 113 innings. He is someone to watch, but I would not go nuts for him just yet.


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2 Comments:

Blogger Schruender said...

Never seen the guy pitch, but from what I hear I love the strategy of the move. Tony Maz compared it to drafting a first round pick, so if they do sign Teixeira and have to give picks as compensation it's not as tough to swallow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10:20:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

It's a great move for the Red Sox, they can definitely afford to take a chance whenever talent becomes available for just cash.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10:59:00 PM EST  

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