By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — In an effort to completely rebuild the team’s bullpen, the Red Sox have gone overseas to add another reliever to the mix. Boston has signed Japanese reliever Hirokazu Sawamura to a two-year deal with an option for a third season.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report details of Sawamura’s contract on Monday, reporting that it’s a two-year deal for $3 million. It can grow to a three-year, $7.65 million pact if Sawamura hits all of his performance bonuses and escalators.

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The Red Sox announced the signing on Tuesday, adding that left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs has been designated for assignment to clear a spot for Sawamura on the 40-man roster.

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Sawamura, 32, started his pro career in 2011 and had spent it all with the Yomiuri Giants until being traded to Chiba Lotte midway through the 2020 season. He had a 1.71 ERA with 29 strikeouts over 21 innings (over 22 games) following last year’s trade.

Overall, the righty owned a 2.96 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 790 strikeouts over 868.1 innings (352 appearances) and notched 75 saves during his career in the Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Sawamura, whose fastball flirts with 100 mph, will join fellow newcomers Adam Ottavino and Matt Andriese as new arms out of the revamped Boston bullpen. Staff