Red Sox close to signing Japanese reliever Hirokazu Sawamura

Report: Red Sox near to signing Japanese reducer initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Red Sox supposedly are looking overseas to reinforce their bullpen for 2021.

According to’s Chris Cotillo, the Red Sox are advancing towards a major-league offer with Japanese relief pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura.

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Sawamura, who turns 33 in April, published a 2.77 PERIOD in 400 looks through his 9 Nippon Specialist Baseball seasons. The right-hander left to a sluggish start in 2020 with the Yomiuri Giants (6.08 PERIOD in 13.2 innings) however rebounded after being traded to the Chiba Lotte Militaries, publishing a 1.71 PERIOD in 21 innings with his brand-new group.

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

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.