Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Dice-K is expected to immediately join the club’s major league roster.
Matsuzaka had spent the season with the Cleveland Indians’ Triple A affiliate. He tried to catch on with the team during Spring Training but failed to make the rotation to start the year. He stayed with the organization, though, and has found his form recently. In his last 10 starts with the Columbus Clippers, Matsuzaka went 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts.
The Indians released Matsuzaka on Tuesday at his request so he could try breaking in with another major league team.
Matsuzaka was a star with Japan’s Seibu Lions and made a splash when he decided to move to the Major Leagues. The Red Sox paid $51.1 million for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka in November 2006 and signed the pitcher to a six-year, $52 million deal.
Dice-K had his best season in Boston in 2008, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA. But elbow injuries took their toll on Matsuzaka, who is only 6-feet tall and 185 pounds. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and struggled with he returned last season.
The Mets had ideas of signing Matsuzaka in the off-season, but nothing came of it...