Cornering the Market
Word across the ocean this evening is that the Red Sox have indeed made an offer to 22-year-old Japanese pitching sensation Junichi Tazawa, the player who forewent the NPB draft and has created something of an international baseball crisis for what his actions portend.
The Sox have never been ones to particularly avoid contention with Japanese baseball if they see a player they want (hello, Kevin Millar), so this comes as no surprise. The Braves and Sox are the only teams so far reported to have made offers to Tazawa, who projects as probably a AA pitcher right now.
I'm not sure how things are done over there, but this struck me as strange:
Sanspo is reporting that Red Sox VP for international scouting Craig Shipley spent 1 hour 50 minutes negotiating with Junichi Tawaza, resulting in a $6M contract offer.
Negotiations before making an offer? That would sound positive for Boston, who has long been the favorite for landing Tazawa anyway.