BOSTON (AP)The Boston Red Sox signed Japanese right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura to a two-year contract on Tuesday.
Sawamura joins the Red Sox after a 10-year stint in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. He went 48-52 with 75 saves, four shutouts, a 2.77 ERA and 790 strikeouts in 352 appearances (88 starts).
The deal has a dual club and player option for the 2023 season. Boston made room on the 40-man roster by designating left-hander Jeffrey Springs for assignment.
Sawamura would become the ninth player born in Japan to play for Boston.
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