Indians Ink Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka To A Minor League Deal
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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Just hours after the Indians announced they had inked slugger Jason Giambi on a minor league deal with an invite to camp, the team has come to terms with former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
The 32-year-old pitched with the Red Sox and new Indians manager Terry Francona from 2007 to 2012.
The Mets and Marlins were also in the mix for Matsuzaka, who last season went 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA, starting 11 games with with the Red Sox.
In six seasons, all with the Red Sox, Matsuzaka was 50-37 with a 4.52 ERA.
Boston outbid the Rangers, Mets and Yankees back in 2006 to ink Matsuzaka, shelling out a whopping $51.1 to sign him. In 2011 he had Tommy John surgery, and returned to the Majors last June with the Sox.
Matsuzaka throws a solid four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, cutter, and changeup.
If he makes the roster, he will make $1.5 million in base salary according to Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer.