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Ryan Brasier excited about Red Sox signing Seiya Suzuki


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“I wouldn’t have any problem with him being with the Red Sox, I’ll tell you.”

Seiya Suzuki plays for Japan at 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 has already included a stint with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan. While there in 2017, Brasier played alongside a 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 seemed ecstatic.

“When I saw that they were in talks with Seiya, I was like, ‘Oh man! “He’s a good, good player,” Brasier told Bradford. “I wouldn’t have any problem with him being with the Red Sox, I’ll tell you.”

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

Suzuki has just completed a season in which he hit 38 home runs with an average of 0.317 and an OPS of 1.072. He was also a member of the Japan baseball team that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics. The Carp posted it for MLB teams on November 22, giving Suzuki the option to leave Japan (where he has played his entire career).

Comparing him to a member of the 2021 Red Sox, Brasier picked a player Boston recently traded.

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

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 after the lockout ends.

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