Mets Roll The Dice On Daisuke Matsuzaka


In an effort to bolster the rotation after injuries to Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia, the New York Mets today announced the club agreed to terms with righthanded pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on a one-year contract. Matsuzaka will wear #16 and will start tomorrow’s night game against Detroit. A corresponding move will be announced prior to tomorrow’s game.

Matsuzaka, 32, pitched in Cleveland’s organization this season, making 19 starts for Columbus (AAA) of the International League. He compiled a 5-8 record and a 3.92 ERA (45 earned runs/103.1 innings), striking out 95 and walking 39. He asked for and was granted his release on Tuesday, August 20.

The 6-0, 185-pound native of Tokyo, Japan last appeared in the majors in 2012 with Boston, going 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA (42 earned runs/45.2 innings) in 11 starts.

After an incredible 2008 year where he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 167.2 innings, he lost his way and struggled for a while. During his recent stint with the Sox in ’12, he was lit up over 11 starts and posted a 8.28 ERA over 45.2 innings.

The Mets were one of the original teams to really make a push for Matsuzaka when he was first moving over to the MLB, but were outbid by the Red Sox.