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11.26.08 at 11:21 am ET

Every once in a while I will point out something that just so happens to be on that you might have missed, and really should not of. Right now it is Alex Speier’s story on Junichi Tazawa. Read it …. now! It answers every question you may have had on the matter.

Best part: Regarding who isn’t mentioned when talking about this pitcher, Speier writes …

‘€œI’€™ve been old school,’€ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman explained at the G.M. meetings earlier this month. ‘€œThere’€™s been an understanding for years that the amateur market in Japan has really been off limits.

‘€œWe’€™ve not scouted Tazawa because we haven’€™t scouted the amateur market. I couldn’€™t tell you how good he is.’€

The other non-participant in the Tazawa game has been super-agent Scott Boras, who represents Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

It seemed that Boras might make a play to become a powerful force in Japan, trying to represent top players coming to Major League Baseball, when he became Matsuzaka’€™s representative. But since Matsuzaka received ‘€œjust’€ a six-year, $52 million deal (far less than he might have earned as a free agent) after the Sox acquired his rights through the posting process, Boras seems to be treating the market in Japan with skepticism.

‘€œWe look at the Japanese market with great scrutiny,’€ Boras said at the G.M. meetings. ‘€œOur participation is going to be very limited.’€

Interesting, very interesting.

Also, this is the latest on teams dropping out of the Tazawa race due to the perception that the Red Sox have him locked up.

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