Junichi Tazawa

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Porcello, Tazawa

John Tomase
January 16, 2015 - 4:28 pm

The Red Sox avoided arbitration with right-handers Rick Porcello and Junichi Tazawa on Friday night and announced that each had agreed to one-year deals. According to an industry source, Porcello signed for $12.5 million, while Tazawa will be paid $2.25 million. The Red Sox have two arb-eligible players remaining -- outfielder Daniel Nava and left-hander Wade Miley. Miley has requested $4.3 million and the team has countered at $3.4 million, numbers first reported by CBSSports.com. Porcello earned $8.5 million last year while going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA. He has won at least 10 games in all six of his big league seasons, and is expected to compete with Clay Buchholz and Miley to be Boston's starter on opening day. As for Tazawa, he has emerged as one of the most reliable arms in John Farrell's bullpen, a late-innings power arm with excellent command. He went 4-3 with a 2.86 ERA last season.