Report: Boston Red Sox Show Interest in Japanese Swingman

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Report: Boston Red Sox Show Interest in Japanese Swingman

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It has been recently reported that the Boston Red Sox are amongst several MLB teams currently interested in Hisanori Takahasi. The 35-year-old relief pitcher is coming off a solid season with the Giants (not San Francisco) and has reportedly been wanting to jump to an American ballclub.

Last season he finished with a 10-6 record with a 2.94 ERA in 144 innings pitched. The swingman is able to be used in the bullpen or possibly as a starting pitcher in case there are injuries. He has an 85-90 mph fast ball and is known for his devastating screwball.

He is reported to have interest in working with former teammate, Hideki Matsui or working with Hideki Okajima. Indications have show he wished to pitch in the NL West, but it all really comes down to where he will make the most money.

What are the chances of the Sox signing him? Well he did only make $1.3 million in Japan last season and even though he's in order for a raise, he should not be singed for any more than $2.5 million for the flyball/command pitcher.

The Mets, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Pirates, and Padres have all shown internal interest. It is likely he'll choose a team soon, but the big question remains as to where he prefers to pitch.

Sources: NBP tracker, MLB Trade Rumors

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