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Astros and Mets considering free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka

Feb 3, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the goods:

Teams like the Astros and Mets are kicking around the possibility of adding Matsuzaka to their spring training camp to see if he can recapture the form he had in his first two seasons in Boston. Matsuzaka could also head back to Japan if he doesn’t get what he considers a good chance to make a major league roster.

In other words, his best bet here in the states is a non-guaranteed minor league contract and spring training invite. Matsuzaka posted a hideous 8.28 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 45 2/3 innings last summer for the Red Sox. He hasn’t been an effective pitcher since 2008, when he had a 2.90 ERA in 167 2/3 frames.

But rebuilding teams like the Astros and Mets can afford to take some risks this season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I still think that he should be in the Red Sox rotation this season.

    • pisano - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      proudly…. and so does the rest of the American League East, or for that matter, the rest of the entire American League. If either the Mets or the Astros are thinking about signing him, they shouldn’t be in a hurry, because as we all know when he’s on the mound, he’s definitely not in a hurry.

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        As Kiyo-chan turned to weep on my shoulder, I realized that the Rodans were doomed…..

  2. Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    In other news, Dave Roberts announced today that he would not be playing in the World Baseball Classic for the Ryukyu team.

    • kiwicricket - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Just in….Jonny Damon’s cousin will be representing the small Island nation of Nepal however.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Damon’s cousin is geographically challenged. Nepal is landlocked.

      • jwbiii - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Johnny’s cousin probably meant to say Nauru.

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Never say Nauru.

      • kiwicricket - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Pedro Gomez is yet to deny Nepal is an island.

        (Come on chaps…been drinking in anticipation of the ‘stop-pause-go-stop-pause-go’ game??? It was sarcasm)

  3. dondada10 - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Marcum will be the only starter the Mets bring into camp from outside the organization. I don’t even see Sandy Alderson’s perfunctory Chris Young signing happening.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      I understand that Alderson will be scouting Colin Kaepernick. He has heard that Kaepernick has a live arm and is a baseball free agent. The Mets can offer him more than he is currently making. For the same reason, they are considering Seattle’s QB.

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        I don’t like Kaepernick with my caviar and chopped egg. They look like rabbit shit.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Caviar and chopped egg? Who stole your Kishka?

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Molly McDonald, in eighth grade. Those Catholic junior high school girls were very advanced for their age.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Oh that Molly! We heard about her even in Toronto.

      • Old Gator - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Didn’t we all? Her married name was Molly Bloom, I think….

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        That is the one.

  4. jwbiii - Feb 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Matsuzaka is a guy you sort of like a division rival to sign, because he’s bad at pitching, but sort of not, because you really don’t w a n t t o w a t c h h i m p i t c h.

  5. phillyphannn83 - Feb 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    This is why no team should ever pay for the rights to give a Japanese player a contract ever again. This guy is a total bust.

  6. mazblast - Feb 3, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    If you’re going to take a chance on has-beens, take a chance on younger has-beens. I fail to see any upside here, even for teams which know they can’t contend.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    He would look great in a mets uniform

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