The Red Sox might not be able to offer him a starting job right away. They won't guarantee that he'll feel needed in Boston from day one. But there's one thing that Boston can offer, and that's the friendly atmosphere that only a truly international team like the Red Sox can provide.
So will the Red Sox' international flavor help them land Takahashi? There's a good chance of it. The Orioles, Dodgers, Mets and Giants are reportedly also interested, but you have to think that Boston is the real favorite. They've earned that status with years of legwork.
Having Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, and Junichi Tazawa certainly helps their chances.
Akinori Iwamura got his new glove on Monday. It has the Pirates logo on side, along with the Japanese characters "何苦礎魂" (nanikuso-damashii), and uses yellow/orange and brown leather in order to mimic the Pirates' team colors.