Late word tonight from Globe designer and Japanese baseball expert Daigo Fujiwara regarding multiple news reports out of Japan that the Sox are close to signing an independent league catcher, Hayato Doue, to a minor-league deal. Doue (pronounced Dough-oo-eh, according to Daigo, which is pronounced DYE-GO, according to me) is 25 and hit .322 with 7 HRs and 50 RBIs in 89 games playing for the Kagawa Olive Guyners of the independent Shikoku Island league.
Evidently he caught the eye of Sox scouts, presumably Jon Deeble, while playing winter ball in Australia. A little late to get much confirmation, and I can’t even begin to speculate on the quality of play in Japanese independent ball, but leave it to Daigo to find a clip of the player on YouTube. Check back later for futher developments.