Sox Sign Tazawa

It's official, the Sox have signed Junichi Tazawa to a major-league contract.  The deal, worth $3M, places Tazawa on the 40 man roster.  This is the route the Sox took when signing Craig Hansen, for historical reference.

A few representative signing bonuses (ML status could not be determined, but typically most players, even first rounders, do not get Major League contracts) that were meted out to middle/low first round pitching draft picks in the 2007 and 2008 amateur drafts, used for comparison.  Tazawa has been compared to a draftee at this general position.


  • Blake Beavan, RHP, Texas Rangers, pick 17/30, $1.5M bonus
  • Nick Schmidt, LHP, San Diego Padres, pick 23/30, $1.26M bonus
  • Rick Porcello, RHP, Detroit Tigers, pick 27/30, $3.58M bonus
  • Andrew Brackman, RHP, New York Yankees, pick 30/30, $3.3M bonus.

Porcello and Brackman are outliers, to an extent, high first rounders who dropped on salary expectations. 


  • Andrew Cashner, RHP, Chicago Cubs, pick 19/30, $1.53M bonus
  • Christian Friedrich, LHP, Colorado Rockies, pick 25/30, $1.35M bonus
  • Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks, pick 26/30, $1.33M bonus
  • Gerrit Cole, RHP, New York Yankees, pick 28/30, unsigned.  Cole somewhat famously rejected the Yankees.  Rumor had it that Cole was looking for $3M as a bonus but "family sources" insisted he was going to choose UCLA no matter the dollars offered.

Cole was another guy who slipped down due to puported salary demands.

6 comments… add one
  • Count me somewhat excited. All reports (except one) hold him in high regard, and at 1 mil per year it’s a cheap investment. Even if he ends up being a reliable bullpen arm by 2011 it will have been worth it.

    Atheose December 1, 2008, 12:49 pm
  • Yeah, I don’t think there is a downside to this, unless of course, he turns into something like Timlin, where you knew when he came in the lead was getting ready to change. ha.

    Brad December 1, 2008, 1:49 pm
  • If Tazawa turns into Timlin — i.e., their most dependable reliever for five years — the Red Sox will have easily recouped their investment.

    Paul SF December 1, 2008, 2:32 pm
  • Ah, smart guy.
    I was talking about the 2008 Timlin. Not the awesome athlete in the other 15 or so years. ha.

    Brad December 1, 2008, 2:37 pm
  • Hehe, it’s my one-man mission to reclaim Mike Timlin’s legacy, which seems to be suffering worse than George Bush’s lately.

    Paul SF December 1, 2008, 6:57 pm
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