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Free agent righty Daisuke Matsuzaka “likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego”

Nov 24, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

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From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose once promising U.S. career was sidetracked by elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, has told members of the Japanese media that he likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego. It seems he liked the city and the ballpark when he pitched at Petco Park in the first World Baseball Classic.

Matsuzaka posted a wretched 8.28 ERA in 45 2/3 innings this summer after returning from Tommy John surgery and really hasn’t been an effective major league starter since the 2008 season. But he should come cheap, and the Padres are usually open to considering any potential low-cost, low-risk free agent signing.

The 32-year-old native of Tokyo went 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in that first World Baseball Classic, which was won by Team Japan. The semifinals and finals were played at San Diego’s pitcher-friendly stadium.

  1. dondada10 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    I guess nobody told Dice-K that they’re moving the fences in at PetCo.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Red Sox fans also like the idea, though would probably prefer he stayed in the AL East.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I have to say as a Yankee fan I will be sad to see Dice K leave Boston. At least John Lackey is still there.

  4. rmcd13 - Nov 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Matsuzaka is the only ballplayer I simply will not watch play. It is incredibly painful to watch this man pitch. He is agonizingly slow and ineffective. I hope he gets an offer to return to Japan so I never have to see or hear of him ever again.

    • pisano - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      rmcd13…. you took the words right out of my mouth, but on the bright side if the human slow motion machine goes to the NL I won’t have to see him, as I rarely, if ever watch NL games. Japan would probably be best for him.

  5. mattymatty - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Daisuke’s career was sidetracked well before 2011.

  6. bostonboy82 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    See ya! Thanks for…….oh, him.

  7. bostonboy82 - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    See ya! Thanks for………oh, him.

  8. badintent - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Lots of Japanese players are now looking at LA or SD for ALor NL. Hope their agents told them that state income taxes are going up big time in Cali to pay for all the government state workers pensions and benes. Better to sign in Texas, Seattle, or Florida, low to no income taxes. No brainer.

    • badassleroybrown - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      The reason they want to move to the Cali area is to be closer to home Japan. I dont think they care about US state tax they get paid more than enough well Matsuzaka stole more than enough money from the Redsux lol…. Besides what Florida team even spends money.

      • badintent - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:06 AM

        It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep.
        After the Feds, his agent and the MLBPA union take their cut, a state income tax is nasty , Cali and NY are the worst.By far. NYC has a commuter tax for those that live in Jersey or Conn. and work in NYC on top of Jersey ‘s state income tax. If you live in NYC, add a city income tax on top of the state income tax , the highest in the country, the numbers don’t lie. You’re better off taking a little less $$ in Tampa to play ball.Just cause Magic and his investors are idiots with $$ doesn’t mean that a player should sign to play for the Dodgers. Japanese players that come here don’t care about another 3-4 hours of flying time to the 10 hours they fly out of LAX or Sea-Tec(in Washington State , which I mentioned has no state income tax) And Kobe Steak restaurants are found in all the major cities that have even a little culture.
        Redsux paid $50 million posting fee to his Japanese club, that was a tax from hell Class dismissed.

      • badintent - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        Try Rays, try Evan, try $100 million Florida= $115 million NYC. Keep trying.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Ok, so you wanted to bitch about your income taxes going up because you don’t like state employees. Duly noted. Have a nice day.

  9. badassleroybrown - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    More like….

    Free agent righty Daisuke Matsuzaka “likes the idea of possibly losing and sucking in San Diego where no one cares about the team”

  10. BigBeachBall - Nov 25, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Nice little pickup for the pads… San diego is still the number 1 place for developing players.

  11. cur68 - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Righty Commenter cur68 likes the idea of Free agent righty Daisuke Matsuzaka staying in The AL East as a Red Sox.What did the Padres do to deserve the likes of Dice-K?

    • historiophiliac - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      It’s the camo.

  12. theskinsman - Nov 25, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Please,just go away.Love to see him catch on with the Yanks, but anywhere but Boston is acceptable.

    • pisano - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      As much as the Yankees like to take players away from Boston, there is a line they won’t cross, and Dice-k is that line.

      • royalseamhead - Nov 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        Dice K and his 12 ineffective pitches are way beyond that line. Not even in the same zipcode

  13. crisisjunky - Nov 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    It’s not the camo or the proximity to Japan. It’s the proximity to shark fin that’s calling him .
    Jeez, His 15 minutes is taking longer than his delivery. I guess it’s face-saving to go out with as much hyperbole as when you come in, but I can’t believe this guy is still in hot stove conversation.
    Can MLB create a de-posting fee to send players back?

  14. edelmanfanclub - Nov 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Dice K was not bad in 07 and 08 ( he posted WAR over 3 both years). He sucked 09 and 11. Was below average in 10, and horrible in 12. Obviously 09-12 he was very injury plagued because he only made 55 starts in those 4 seasons. He was just way too hyped up from his days in Japan, he’s an average pitcher who was a phenom in Japan. Despite injuries, I always felt his arm was somewhat durable, he only pitched 200+ in 07, but the other years I felt like every start he threw 100 pitches. Maybe he’ll be ok in Petco Park, but that’s if the Padres even want him. Which is something I doubt considering his WAR was negative and his FIP was closing in on 6. Maybe a return to Japan is in his best interest. I’ll start miss him somewhat as a member of the 2007 Red Sox. Even though he didn’t meet expections, and only had two good years. Good luck, and someone better have 18 open or he probably won’t pitch there.

    • djpostl - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Yeah he threw 100 pitches every start, but that barely got him through 5 innings per start.

      Even in his best season he didn’t manage to average 6 innings per start.

      A move to Petco & the NL are the ONLY shot he has at improving on that but I just doubt he’d take the ego hit the Padres would demand, namely a low $$ deal with tons of incentives and zero guarantees of a roster spot.

  15. djpostl - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    A washed up scrub wants to pitch in big ass Petco versus NL lineups to rejuvenate career. Color me shocked.

  16. thebigtim2012 - Nov 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Correction dice ks promising career ended with his first MLB pitch. Hey theo thanks for the memories

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