Buzzing About Tazawa And 'Tek
Hello and good morning on this Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. I was zigzagging around the web and I found two interesting tidbits from Boston dot com's THE BUZZ. I'm passing them along to you and my comments will follow...
"Reports coming out of Japan today indicate that the Red Sox are the choice of coveted amateur pitcher Junichi Tazawa, a 22-year-old righthander who idolizes Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Mainichi Daily News said that Tazawa is likely to officially announce next week that he will join the Red Sox. He is expected to sign a major league contract with the Red Sox and begin his professional career in the minor leagues, the newspaper reported. Nikkan Sports reported that Tazawa has cut off negotiations will all other MLB clubs and that the announcement will be made Dec. 1. "
"Agent Scott Boras, who represents Varitek, told the Globe's Nick Cafardo that he and the Red Sox have not yet begun any negotiations on Varitek, and knew nothing of a one-year offer from the Red Sox for his client that was reported earlier today. . ... Boras told the Globe's Adam Kilgore the Red Sox are not the only team bidding for Varitek, but declined to go into specifics. "Yes, of course," Boras said. "Obviously, there are teams that are looking at a catcher than can win 60 percent of your games. There are teams interested." ... From the Globe's Tony Massarotti: "It sounds like the Red Sox want to address other matters first, then get to Varitek. It could take a while."
OK, I'm back. First of all, I wish Boston would take care of 'Tek first, but I guess there are other things on their minds (Teixeira?). Secondly, the upcoming Junichi Tazawa signing can only result in good things for Boston. Yes, he'll spend time in the minors because he has much to learn about American baseball, but he has all the time in the world to do just that. It does help that he's coming to a team where his idol, Daisuke Matsuzaka, plays. And don't forget the Darkman, Hideki Okajima. Good luck to Junichi and may he have a super major league baseball career.
In the "he said, he said" department, I have two words for you...Scott Boras(s). Can he be more vague? I understand that he has an obligation to his clients to keep the negotiation details out of the public eye...it's almost like the doctor/patient kind of thing. He DID say there are "teams interested" in our captain's services...the Boston Red Sox are the number one team on Jason's list. I KNOW THAT! I just have to hope that his wishes will prevail over the money-hungry ones of Boras(s). I wanted to mention one more thing. For those everyday readers (thank you!) who may wonder why I add the extra "S" to Scott's name, there's a simple answer. The last three letters of my version of his name will tell you all you need to know.
Thanks for stopping in, have a great Wednesday and if you're traveling to be with family, be careful out there. Today is the busiest travel day of the year. Seat belts and defensive driving are a neccessity. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE! You can click on this post's title for more Red Sox comings and goings and as always, BE WELL. Shalom.