CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #152
Wei Chuan Dragons News: Junichi Tazawa
On December 18, Apple Daily broke the news that the Wei Chuan Dragons are targeting 34-year-old former MLB right-hander Junichi Tazawa (田澤純一) as one of their foreign players for the 2021 season.
“We have been in contact with Tazawa, but nothing is set in stone yet,” said the Dragons general manager.
Junichi Tazawa began his professional career with plenty of spotlights. Back in 2008, he decided to skip the NPB draft and sign with an MLB team. This eventually led to the NPB implementing a “Tazawa Rule” to prevent amateur players from signing with the MLB teams.
Tazawa ended up signing with the Boston Red Sox in 2009 and made his MLB debut at the same year. From 2009 to 2019, he compiled a record of 4.12 ERA and 1.32 WHIP across 395.1 innings in the MLB.
According to the Dragons’ manager, they are planning to sign three pitchers and one position player to begin the 2021 season.
“Should we able to sign this MLB calibre pitcher, he will pitch out the bullpen next season,” said the Dragons manager.
Dragons Signing Rumours: Kendrys Morales, Bryan Woodall
According to Apple Daily, apart from Junichi Tazawa, the Dragons are also planning to sign RHP Bryan Woodall and former MLB infielder Kendrys Morales.
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) December 20, 2020