The rapid decline of right-hander Junichi Tazawa continued Friday as the Chicago Cubs released the veteran from their Triple-A Iowa roster. The 33-year old had a 4.00 ERA over 19 appearances and 18 innings for the Cubs' top minor league affiliate. Tazawa was a solid contributor to the Boston Red Sox for six seasons, but never could live up to the two-year, $12 million deal he signed with the Miami Marlins before the 2017 season.
Tazawa was 4-6 with a 6.57 ERA for the Marlins before he was released by the team in May of last season even though he still was owed roughly $7 million. He was also signed and released by the Detroit Tigers last year without pitching in a major league game. He did pitch in nine September games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in nine appearances.
From 2009-16 with the Red Sox, he went 17-20 over 302 appearances and even had four starts. He had a 3.58 ERA and recorded four saves. He had a 3.16 ERA for the Red Sox in 2013, helping the club to win a World Series title.
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