Morning Sports Update

Ryan Brasier had nothing but praise for a possible Red Sox free agent target

"I would have zero problems with him being with Red Sox, I will tell you that."

Seiya Suzuki
Seiya Suzuki playing for Japan in the Tokyo Olympics. AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File

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Ryan Brasier on Seiya Suzuki: Red Sox relief pitcher Ryan Braiser’s career path once included a stint with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan. While there in 2017, Brasier played alongside potential Red Sox free agent target Seiya Suzuki.

Asked by WEEI’s Rob Bradford about the possibility of Suzuki, a 27-year-old outfielder, coming to Boston, Brasier sounded ecstatic.

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“When I saw they were in talks involving Seiya, I was like, ‘Oh man!’ He’s a good, good player,” Brasier told Bradford. “I would have zero problems with him being with Red Sox, I will tell you that.”

Brasier added that he thinks Suzuki is a “stud,” and that “he was by far our best hitter” when the two were teammates in Hiroshima.

Suzuki is coming off a season in which he hit 38 home runs with a .317 average and an OPS of 1.072. He was also a member of Japan’s gold medal-winning baseball team at the Tokyo Olympics. The Carp posted him for MLB teams to bid for on Nov. 22, giving Suzuki a path to leave Japan (where he’s played his entire career).

In comparing him to a member of the 2021 Red Sox, Brasier chose a player who Boston recently traded.

“Honestly, he kind of reminds me of Renfroe,” said Brasier. “He might be a little faster, and he might have a little better plate presence. But as far as a player with size and power and defense, he reminds me of Renfroe a little bit.”

The obvious obstacle to Suzuki joining the Red Sox in the short term is the MLB lockout, which began earlier in December. Suzuki will have 20 days to negotiate with MLB teams when the lockout ends.

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