Red Sox avoid arbitration with Junichi Tazawa for $3.375 million

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From Jon Heyman of MLB Network comes word that the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with reliever Junichi Tazawa by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract for 2016.

This was Tazawa’s final turn through the arbitration process. He can become a free agent leading into the 2017 season.

Tazawa faltered to the tune of a 4.14 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 2015, but he put up a stellar 2.62 ERA and 1.135 WHIP in 175 1/3 innings between 2012-2014.

Boston is hoping that the offseason additions of Craig Kimbrel and Carson Smith will help Tazawa and fellow Japanese right-hander Koji Uehara avoid second-half fatigue in 2016. Tazawa made 71 appearances last year and 71 appearances the year before.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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