Tazawa signed a minor-league deal with the Reds, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. He was assigned to Double-A Chattanooga and will begin on the injured list with an undisclosed injury, perhaps in order to give him time to get up to speed before he pitches in games. He had a 4.00 ERA in 19 appearances out of the bullpen with Triple-A Iowa prior to being released by the Cubs.
Tazawa was released by the Cubs on Thursday, Iowa Cubs broadcaster Alex Cohen reports. Tazawa was released after failing to make the Opening Day roster out of spring training, but he quickly re-signed with the team on a reworked minor-league deal, only to be cut loose again. The 33-year-old has a 4.00 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 17:6 K:BB over 18 innings at Triple-A this season.
Tazawa signed with the Cubs on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The veteran agreed to a minor-league deal but will make up to $900,000 in the majors, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Tazawa was released by the team Saturday after failing to win a bullpen spot, but the Cubs evidently liked him enough to keep him around as injury insurance.
The Cubs released Tazawa on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Though Tazawa failed to win a spot in the Cubs' bullpen, he could attract interest elsewhere around the league after turning in a dominant spring. Over 5.2 innings of Cactus League action, the 32-year-old righty gave up no runs and just two hits while striking out nine.
Tazawa's arrival at Cubs camp has been delayed due to visa issues, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The lost practice time won't help Tazawa make his case for an Opening Day roster spot, but his absence is unlikely to be a long one. He's expected to join the Cubs on Monday.
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