Report: Red Sox Considering Japanese Lefty Hisanori Takahashi

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The Red Sox may be going overseas to add depth to their bullpen.

Boston is one of six Major League teams interested in 35-year-old Japanese lefty Hisanori Takahashi, according to SI's John Heyman.

Last year for the Yomiuri Giants, Takahashi posted a 2.94 ERA in 144 innings a year after getting shelled with a 4.13 ERA in 122 innings in 2008.

The southpaw earned roughly $1.3 million in 2009 and is represented by Peter Greenberg. Other teams reportedly interested are the Mets, Dodgers, Padres, Pirates and Giants, but Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that San Fransisco is expecting the hurler to sign elsewhere.

The Orioles were reportedly interested and even offered him a contract, according to the Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck, but the pitcher denied the O's initial minor league offer.

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