The Red Sox have agreed to terms with Sawamura, who will head to the MLB in 2021 after playing professionally in Japan for the past 10 seasons. The deal is reportedly for two years and $3M, but some options and escalators could increase the value to $7.65M over three years. Boston ranked just 28th in team ERA last season, so they needed to bring in some additions this offseason.
Sawamura has had plenty of success throughout his career in Japan. He pitched to a 2.77 ERA over 352 games, and he pitched to a 1.71 ERA over 22 games with the Chiba Lotte Marines last season. The Red Sox have yet to declare a closer for the upcoming season, but Sawamura should compete with Matt Barnes, Adam Ottavino, and Darwinzon Hernandez for the ninth-inning duties.
2021 is expected to be another down year for the Red Sox, who are listed at +4500 to win the World Series and +2000 to win the AL East on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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