Monday, February 04, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets "kicking around" the idea of inviting Daisuke Matsuzaka to camp


The Mets and Astros are among clubs "kicking around" the idea of inviting Daisuke Matsuzaka to spring training, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Sunday.

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:
Year Age Tm W L ERA G IP H R ER HR BB SO
2007 26 BOS 15 12 4.40 32 204.2 191 100 100 25 80 201
2008 27 BOS 18 3 2.90 29 167.2 128 58 54 12 94 154
2009 28 BOS 4 6 5.76 12 59.1 81 38 38 10 30 54
2010 29 BOS 9 6 4.69 25 153.2 137 84 80 13 74 133
2011 30 BOS 3 3 5.30 8 37.1 32 24 22 4 23 26
2012 31 BOS 1 7 8.28 11 45.2 58 43 42 11 20 41
6 Yrs 50 37 4.52 117 668.1 627 347 336 75 321 609
162 Game Avg. 15 11 4.52 34 195 183 101 98 22 94 178
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/4/2013.
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