Could the Red Sox inquire on a different Japenese arm?

With all the news being centered around Shoehi Otani there could be another Japanese pitcher that could be of potential intrigue to the Red Sox: Kazuhisa Makita.

Makita has quietly been a source of consistency for the Seibu Lions, both as a starter and a reliever.

In his latest season, Makita pitched strictly in relief and was the Lions bullpen ace, garnering a stat line of:

58 games / 62.2 IP / 2.30 ERA / 35 K / 5 BB

The interesting thing about Makita is that he is a submarine pitcher who relies more on weak contact and ground balls rather than strikeouts.

He throws a fastball that can be anywhere from low to mid 80’s along with a slider, which is very similar to former Red Sox pitcher, Chad Bradford.

Makita is 33 which makes him a free agent and can sign with any MLB team.

With the Red Sox having one of the best bullpens in the American League last year, a player like Makita could provide some value.


3 thoughts on “Could the Red Sox inquire on a different Japenese arm?

  1. Hey dude. Loved your post. As a Seibu Lions fan here in Japan, I’ve enjoyed watching the “knuckle-dragger” fool hitters for years. He would be a good fit for the Sox… or my Blue Jays. lol! One correction though – he was not the Lions’ bullpen ace last season. In fact, he was mainly a 7th inning specialist. But that could be a role he fills in MLB. Cheers!!

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