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Daily Red Sox Links: Hirokazu Sawamura, Enrique Hernández, Pedro Gomez

Yomiuri Giants v Japan - WBC 2013 Friendly Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images

It’s been speculated that the Red Sox were looking for a little more bullpen help even after the addition of Adam Ottavino. Just who that might be is becoming a bit more clear, as Chris Cotillo is reporting they are close to a deal with Japanese righty Hirokazu Sawamura. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)

Sean McAdam shares his thoughts on the potential addition, as well as an update as to what spring training could look like this year. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

Sawamura isn’t a super high-profile free agent, but as John Tomase points out the Red Sox have had success with relatively low-key signings from the NPB. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Although there’s a good chance he’s going to settle in at second base for most of his time in 2021, Enrique Hernández still has the kind of versatility that can be a big boost to his value. (Julian McWilliams; Boston Globe)

MLB looks to be adjusting the baseball again for this year, but this time deadening it. (Eno Sarris and Ken Rosenthal; The Athletic)

The baseball media world lost one of its best on Sunday as Pedro Gomez, whose son Rio is in the Red Sox minor-league system, sadly passed away. (ESPN)