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16 Junichi Tazawa RP

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July 12, 2019 11:28 AM
Junichi Tazawa: Parts ways with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Cubs' Junichi Tazawa: Winds up back with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 23, 2019 05:40 PM
Junichi Tazawa: Time in Chicago ends
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cubs released Tazawa on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of 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.

February 16, 2019 08:28 PM
Cubs' Junichi Tazawa: Held back by visa issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa's arrival at Cubs camp has been delayed due to visa issues, Jordan Bastian of 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.

January 26, 2019 12:16 PM
Cubs' Junichi Tazawa: Catches on with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa agreed Saturday with the Cubs on a minor-league contract, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The deal likely includes an invitation to big-league spring training, where Tazawa will have a chance to stake his claim to a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen. Tazawa has had limited success at the major-league level the past two seasons across stints with the Marlins, Tigers and Angels, compiling a 6.16 ERA and 7.1 K/9 over 83.1 innings.

September 2, 2018 02:04 AM
Angels' Junichi Tazawa: Called up Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, Maria I. Guardado of reports.

Tazawa signed a minor-league deal with the Angels in mid-July and returns to the majors due to September expanded rosters. The 32-year-old allowed 21 runs (20 earned) over 20 innings before he was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Marlins in late May.

July 13, 2018 08:20 PM
Angels' Junichi Tazawa: Inks minor-league deal with Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Friday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tazawa was let go by the Tigers on Monday. He sits with a 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP with 24 strikeouts over 20 innings in the big leagues this season, and he'll report to the Angels' spring training facility in Arizona, per Hernandez.

July 9, 2018 06:24 PM
Junichi Tazawa: Released by Tigers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa was released by the Tigers on Monday, Chris Cotillo of reports.

He was with the Tigers for a little over a month, giving up eight runs in 7.2 innings at Triple-A. Tazawa has a 4.16 ERA in 387.1 MLB innings, but has not been a serviceable big-league reliever since 2015 with the Red Sox.

June 4, 2018 11:32 AM
Tigers' Junichi Tazawa: Links up with Tigers on minors deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Monday, Chris Cotillo of reports.

Tazawa was cut loose by the Marlins earlier in the year after struggling to a 9.00 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 5.9 BB/9 across 20 innings. He did strike out 24 batters over those frames, and owns a career 4.16 ERA across 387.1 big-league innings, so the veteran reliever should be able to work his way to the Tigers' bullpen after some time in the minors, assuming he holds his own.

May 23, 2018 06:40 PM
Junichi Tazawa: Released by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa was released by the Marlins on Wednesday, Matthew DeFranks of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Tazawa was designated for assignment May 17, and he'll look to catch on elsewhere after his departure from the Marlins. He failed to show much consistency out of the bullpen through 22 games, posting an alarming 9.00 ERA with 13 walks across 20 innings.

May 17, 2018 04:32 PM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa was designated for assignment by Miami on Thursday, Joe Frisaro of reports.

Tazawa had appeared in 22 games this season, posting an unsightly 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP over 20 innings of relief. In the past two days, he's given up six earned runs in just 1.1 innings against the Dodgers and was immediately cast off the 40-man roster following Thursday's outing. He will be subject to waivers but will report to Triple-A New Orleans if unclaimed by another organization.

April 20, 2018 12:16 PM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Blitzed by Brewers on Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa surrendered six runs on four hits -- including two home runs -- and two walks over 0.2 innings of relief while striking out one in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

The right-hander came into the game with a 1.69 ERA, but Thursday's disaster inflated it to 6.35. As has been the issue for Tazawa for the last couple of seasons, he's having trouble keeping the ball in the park, serving up four homers in 11.1 innings. Declining fastball velocity isn't helping in that department, either -- he was unable to touch 92 mph in Thursday's outing, and his 91.3 mph average so far this season would be his lowest mark since his first brief taste of the majors in 2009. Despite a strong 11.1 K/9 at the moment, Tazawa's fantasy outlook for the remainder of 2018 looks bleak.

March 20, 2018 10:48 AM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Unimpressive this spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa has a 4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 1:1 K:BB through four innings this spring.

While the ERA and WHIP don't mean much given the small sample, Tazawa's lack of dominance continues the trend from last season, when he managed a career-low 6.2 K/9 after routinely posting marks of 9.0 or higher during his time with the Red Sox. The 31-year-old is set to serve as middle relief for the Marlins in 2018, a role that likely won't offer him many save or hold opportunities on a team that could struggle to get to 60 wins, and if he isn't offering a palatable strikeout rate either, Tazawa's fantasy value in any format would be effectively nil.

September 22, 2017 01:12 PM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Struggles with new team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa has earned a 5.12 ERA across 51 innings pitched with the Marlins this season.

In his first year with Miami, Tazawa's ERA has increased by over one point since 2016 -- from 4.17 to 5.22. The right-hander has struggled with a rib injury throughout the season, which could be a contributing factor to his down year. However, he's pitched well of late, allowing just one run in his last eight innings out of the bullpen, and could see some high-leverage innings down the stretch.

July 16, 2017 12:40 AM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Limited strikeouts since return from rib injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa has eight strikeouts and has allowed four runs over nine innings since coming off the disabled list June 22.

Now in his first season with Miami, the former Boston reliever has 19 total strikeouts as he's had to battle a rib injury for much of the season. Due to the injury, the Japanese native hasn't seen as much late-inning work as he'd become accustomed to in the past. Given the improved play of Kyle Barraclough, the current arrangement in Miami's bullpen might not be changing any time soon, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect Tazawa's role to improve.

June 22, 2017 02:40 PM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Reinstated from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa (ribs) was activated from the disabled list Thursday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

Tazawa, who has been sidelined since mid-May with a rib cartilage injury, is ready to rejoin the big-league bullpen after making five rehab appearances between Triple-A New Orleans, Double-A Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter. The 31-year-old compiled a 6.60 ERA and 11:8 K:BB through 15 innings before landing on the disabled list. Brad Zeigler was placed on the 10-day DL in a corresponding roster move.

June 18, 2017 09:16 PM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Moves rehab to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa (ribs) tossed a perfect inning and struck out two batters Sunday during a rehab appearance with Double-A Jacksonville.

After opening his rehab assignment June 9 with High-A Jupiter, Tazawa has made his subsequent three appearances with Jacksonville, with Sunday's outing marking his strongest one to date. Though the Marlins haven't outlined a return date for Tazawa, the right-hander seems likely to come off the disabled list at some point during the upcoming week.

June 9, 2017 09:56 PM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Looks sharp in rehab outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa (ribs) tossed a pair of shutout innings with two strikeouts at High-A Jupiter on Friday, Joe Frisaro of reports.

Tazawa has been out with a rib cartilage issue since May 17. He owned a 6.60 ERA over 15 innings before the injury, although it should be noted he served up a grand slam in the outing in which he went down. The Marlins could opt to have Tazawa make a couple more rehab outings, but a return to the majors this weekend is a possibility.

May 30, 2017 02:28 PM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Nearing rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa (ribs) threw a bullpen session Monday and could embark on a rehab assignment in the near future, Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Although the veteran reliever felt strong following the bullpen outing, it seems like his rehab assignment won't happen until he can find a new interpreter. His normal interpreter also translates for Ichiro Suzuki, meaning that Tazawa currently has no one to help him while he's away from the team. Manager Don Mattingly commented that Tazawa will definitely need minor-league innings prior to returning.

May 17, 2017 09:56 AM
Marlins' Junichi Tazawa: Hits DL with rib injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tazawa was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with rib cartilage inflammation, Joe Frisaro of reports.

Tazawa may have sustained the injury during his most recent appearance Monday against the Astros, when he served up a grand slam in relief to take his first loss of the season. The severity of Tazawa's rib issue is unclear, so it's possible he'll need more than the minimum 10 days to recover. With Tazawa hitting the DL, Brian Ellington was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to provide some extra depth in the bullpen.

Situational Stats
vs Oakland 0.200 13.50000
vs LHB 11.000 4.9101011
vs RHB 16.000 9.000615
Last 7 Games
Two Week Schedule
2:20 pm
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9:45 pm
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Fantasy Points by Week

Pitching Stats
2009BOS23 7.46640000 25.143232143913
2010BOS00 ---0000000.00000000
2011BOS00 6.00300000 3.03221014
2012BOS11 1.433700011 44.0377712545
2013BOS54 3.167100008 68.1702524911272
2014BOS43 2.867100005 63.0582320501764
2015BOS27 4.1461000310 58.2652827511356
2016BOS32 4.175300002 49.2472323911454
2017MIA35 5.695500003 55.1553535822238
2018MIA-LAA11 7.073100000 28.0352422701628
Total 2126 4.12388400429 395.14131901814910109374
Batting Stats
2009BOS6000000000 --- --- ---
2011BOS3000000000 --- --- ---
2012BOS37000000000 --- --- ---
2013BOS71000000000 --- --- ---
2014BOS71000000000 --- --- ---
2015BOS61000000000 --- --- ---
2016BOS53000000000 --- --- ---
2017MIA55100000000 .000 .000 .000
2018MIA-LAA31000000000 --- --- ---
Total 388100000000 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
2011BOSP3000000 ---
2014BOSP710101632 .700
2016BOSP53073311 .857
2018MIA-LAAP31030210 .667
Total  388444112856 .886
More Pitching Stats
2009BOS01745 0.4010000 .374130 19.5 .5740
2010BOS000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2011BOS014 0.2500000 .25013 12.0 .6670
2012BOS04637 1.3241000 .227172 9.0 .3010
2013BOS15376 0.7232013 .265284 10.9 .4478
2014BOS15666 0.8900105 .240261 10.7 .3725
2015BOS14864 0.8371019 .280247 12.1 .4317
2016BOS13656 0.6851004 .245208 11.2 .4322
2017MIA44873 0.7340002 .261238 12.8 .4313
2018MIA-LAA31738 0.4501001 .302134 16.4 .5860
Total 11322459 0.752461224 .2671687 12.1 .43525
Postseason Pitching Stats
2013BOS10 1.231300000 7.16110016
Total 10 1.231300000 7.16110016
Minor League Pitching Stats
2009AAA-Pawtucket02 2.4522000 11.07430116
2009AA-Portland95 2.571818000 98.0803128832688
2011AFA-Salem Red Sox01 6.1666000 19.020131343613
2011AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox11 2.5780000 14.0144410319
2011AA-Portland Sea Dogs32 4.7082000 23.020121232727
2012AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox32 2.55250004 42.1341812201756
2017AFA-Jupiter Hammerheads00 0.0011000 2.01000002
2017AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs00 0.0010001 1.00000001
2017AA-Jacksonville Suns01 18.0030000 2.05441005

Player Info

Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Chicago Cubs

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