Matsuzaka, 32, made just 11 starts for Boston due to recovery from 2011 Tommy John surgery. He was awful in his attempt to reestablish his value -- he allowed an 8.28 ERA and served up 11 home runs (2.2 per nine innings), rendering a decent 2.1 K/BB moot.
Matsuzaka averaged just under 91 mph on his fastball in 2012, about a full tick under his pre-Tommy John career average. If a team does pick him up, it will likely be on a minor-league deal with a spring training battle necessary to earn a roster spot.
As such, Cafardo notes Matsuzaka may opt to return to Japan if he doesn't believe he can make a major-league roster in 2013.
Daisuke Matsuzaka Stats:
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