Red Sox Create International Incident Over Junichi Tazawa Signing ?
Posted by Mike on December 5, 2008
From Sean McAdam:
The Red Sox scouting and signing of Junichi Tazawa has created a controversy, angering baseball officials here and in Japan.
The Nippon Pro Baseball league released a statement earlier that was sharply critical of teams that had shown interest in Tazawa, suggesting they had violated a “gentleman’s agreement,” by signing a Japanese amateur player and labeling their actions “truly regrettable.”
Last week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Times [NYT] his team considered Tazawa “hands off.”
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein insisted his team did nothing that violated any rules or agreements and pointed out that about 50 amateur players – none, admittedly, with as high a profile as Tazawa – had previously signed with major league organizations.