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Indians sign Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league contract

Feb 10, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. The deal carries an invitation to spring training, where the 32-year-old will be given a crack at a starting rotation spot. If he’s on the major league roster the entire season, he can earn an upwards of $4 million.

Dice-K will be reuniting in Cleveland with manager Terry Francona, who was hired away from his broadcasting job at ESPN in early October.

Matsuzaka posted an ugly 8.28 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 41/20 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings last summer for the Red Sox. He had a 4.52 overall ERA and a 1.42 overall WHIP during his six total seasons with Boston.

The Indians have quietly enjoyed a productive winter, hauling in Trevor Bauer, Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs and Jason Giambi while deciding to retain shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    In the minor league rocking chair arms race, with Matsuzaka and Giambi I gotta give the Tribe a slight edge over the Feesh with Chone Figgins and Kevin Slowey.

    • rayfeathers - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      the “feesh”. that never gets old.

      • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Rayfeathers – the illiterate one-issue wonder who beats his dead horse until his maggots withold their rent in protest.

  2. bobthedude - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Just like the Giambi signing, this move is no risk high reward. If they don’t make the team, nothing lost. But they both have a chance to be major contributors on very cheap salaries. The Tribe front office continues to impress this offseason. The baseball world is in for a surprise from this team come October.

    • mazblast - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      More like low risk, no reward.

    • Kleinz 57 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      I like their moves, too this offseason, even as a bitter, confused Twins fan.

      But October? Those expectations seem a tad high…

      • dan1111 - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        That’s what I thought at first. But then I realized that, due to a crazy loophole in baseball’s rulebook, someone has to win the AL Central every year.

      • Kleinz 57 - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        And from a second, EVEN CRAZIER loophole, both the White Sox and Tigers have been disqualified from competing this year…

  3. gg206 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    So they don’t spend money /trade for talent for Manny Acta but Francona gets all of this.. Smh I don’t get it

    • tuberippin - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      “all of this”

      Yes, picking up these seven major-leaguers, each with a flaw more glaring than the last, is certain to uproot Detroit or Chicago (maybe even Kansas City?) in the AL Central.

  4. pisano - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Oh dear God no, that means if he makes the team he’ll be back in the American League, I was really hoping the National League would get a chance to see the human slow motion machine.

  5. mgscott - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Now would be a good time for all Indians fans to watch Major League

  6. ltzep75 - Feb 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Next signing, Ugeth Urbina, fresh out of the Venezuelan Penal League.

    • Old Gator - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      That strategy worked great with Ricky Vaughan.

  7. papacrick - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    When the heck did they sign Giambi?

  8. jayquintana - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Cleveland felt the posting fee they had to pay Boston, $0, was acceptable.

    • pisano - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      jay….. Oh those Red Sox, they never let a good deal get past them, Lackey, Crawford, Dice-k, and a few others. Theo was a real genius while he was there, hopefully he won’t do the same to the Cubs. Boy wonder? More like boy blunder.

  9. teruw0 - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    diet!That’s all!

  10. zurnvs - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Stubbs is a strike out machine, at times misplays the ball, but has great speed. Just could never put it together in Cincy. Maybe he will become Cleveland’s Brandon Phillips.

    • dan1111 - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      It’s mystifying how he couldn’t combine bad plate discipline, bad defense, and speed into a winning package.

  11. stephenolszewski - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Forgot to mention the addition of Scott Kazmir who also is a low risk/high reward if it works….thats a big if……

  12. xjokerz - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    We’re going to be surprised by the Indians come October ? Put the crack pipe down

  13. mjdelena - Feb 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Good luck with dice. He should pay the Red Sox 50 mil for the bombs he threw. What a waste of money

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