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Mets re-sign Daisuke Matsuzaka

Jan 24, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

Daisuke Matsuzaka AP

Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn’t exactly impressive in his late-season action for the Mets, starting seven games with a 4.42 ERA and 33/16 K/BB ratio in 39 innings, but he was apparently impressive enough to re-sign.

Matsuzaka will be back with the Mets on a minor-league deal, which includes an invitation to spring training and a chance to compete for an Opening Day roster spot at age 33.

Matsuzaka hasn’t been an above-average pitcher since his second MLB season in 2008, compiling a 5.41 ERA in 62 starts since then, and he wasn’t particularly effective at Triple-A last season either.

  1. xdj511 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    His last few starts were much better than his first few starts. Its a low risk move, I guess. I would hope that one of our young pitchers like de Grom, Montero, or Syndergaard would step up and prove worthy of the fifth starter slot, but it’s good to have guys like Dice-K around to throw 100 pitches in four innings if none of them pan out.

  2. plmathfoto - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Actually this is the Mets answer to the Yankees signing Tanaka…jeez…

    • xdj511 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Haha! Hey look, we’ve got a Japanese pitcher too!

  3. godsmacked1 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    low risk, high reward signing. best case, he eats some innings as a 5th starter.

  4. baseballisboring - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Slowest working pitcher in baseball history. So glad I don’t have to watch him anymore.

  5. bigdaddy44 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Dice-K has never been able to show the great stuff he had in Japan, since he arrived in the US. A huge factor was the difference in the baseballs. The biggest example of this was his loss of a nasty splitter. For the Yankees sake, let’s hope Tanaka has hands big enough to nullify any difference in the size of the ball.

  6. johnnycantread - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    The Mets are rolling the dice, ‘k?

  7. cackalackyank - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I’m gonna be the first to call now that I’ve seen this post. Subway series.

  8. johnnycantread - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Does he still throw the “gyro ball”?
    Most of his career it’s been a meatball gyro.

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