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Daisuke Matsuzaka accepts Indians’ assignment to Triple-A

Mar 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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This morning the Indians informed Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps that they won’t be making the Opening Day roster, with the hopes that both pitchers would accept an assignment to Triple-A.

No word yet from Capps, but Matsuzaka has told the team he’ll head to the minors, no doubt realizing that the Indians aren’t exactly overflowing with great rotation options and it won’t take much to get a call-up at some point.

And according to Jordan Bastian of Matsuzaka will also get a $100,000 bonus for accepting the assignment, with the ability to opt out of his contract if he’s not in the majors by June 1.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Jiminez and Matheson do not instill a lot of confidence. He could easily be recalled if he performs in the minors.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Argh! I meant Masterson and Jimenez!

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      I deserve any thumbs down that I get for that goof.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

        you deserve thumbs down just for waking up in the morning

  2. Kevin Gillman - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I get a thumbs down any time I say the Indians are not as bad as you all think. Over/under 10?

  3. zzalapski - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    This will not stop Francona’s nightmares wherein he walks into the clubhouse to find “D. Matsuzaka” penned in as the starting pitcher.

  4. rcali - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Well, at least the AAA team will have some diversity. We all know how the MLB is losing sleep over that.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I wish I received a bonus when I failed at work.

    • jwbiii - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Including that bonus, he’s taking a 98.2% pay cut.

  6. slammincamnewton - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    All the hoopla over the years about japanese players and only one has panned out and it’s Ichiro.

    • tuberippin - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:38 AM


      Ichiro, Hideki Matsui, Hideo Nomo, Hiroki Kuroda, Takashi Saito, Akinori Otsuka, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Kazahiro Sasaki, and Koji Uehara have all had good careers the majors. Hong-Chih Kuo and Hideki Okajima had a few good years, too

      In addition to those guys, Yu Darvish, Norichika Aoki and Hisashi Iwakuma are all doing pretty well presently, too.

      There have been plenty of swings and misses with imports (Kei Igawa, Dice-K, Hideki Irabu, Ryota Igarashi, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Murenori Kawasaki, Tsuyoshi Shinjo, So Taguchi, Shingu Takatsu, Kosuke Fukudome, Kenji Johjima, Akinori Iwamura, Masa Kobayashi, Kenshin Kawakami, etc.), but let’s not throw all Japanese players under the bus.

  7. missingdiz - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Hideki Matsui panned out–maybe not a superstar like Ichiro, but an excellent ballplayer.

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