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  1. Mets option Daisuke Matsuzaka to Triple-A, intend to use Jenrry Mejia as fifth starter

    Mar 29, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka struck out eight batters and walked none over five scoreless innings this afternoon against the Blue Jays. His reward? A trip to the minors. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said after today’s game that Matsuzaka has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. This means that…

  2. Jenrry Mejia suffers forearm bruise from comebacker, X-rays clean

    Mar 29, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT

    Jenrry Mejia AP

    UPDATE: Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that X-rays came back clean and Mejia is dealing with inflammation. No word yet on his status for the Opening Day roster. 9:47 a.m ET: Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia has made a strong case for a rotation spot this spring, but a comebacker could put…

  3. Daisuke Matsuzaka appears to be the Mets’ fifth starter

    Mar 25, 2014, 6:40 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka is “seemingly locked” in as the Mets’ fifth starter. Terry Collins is not totally committing yet, saying after yesterday’s solid Dice-K outing that his competition,Jenrry Mejia, is still “in the mix,” but Collins also alluded to Matsuzaka’s veteran status — “he’s done it before and he’s done…

  4. Two familiar faces should make the Mets’ roster

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    I haven’t been following the Mets’ roster moves too terribly closely this spring so maybe this isn’t news to hardcore Mets fans, but Jon Heyman says that he believes both Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to make the Mets’ 25-man roster. Matsuzaka should make the rotation. The two veterans have some things in…

  5. Mets pitching coach dropped ethnic slur in clubhouse

    Mar 12, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT

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    You’ll want to read the entire story from Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal, but here’s an excerpt: In the New York Mets locker room Monday morning, I was talking with Jeff Cutler, a 30-year old Japanese American from suburban Boston who serves as the interpreter for Japanese-born pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. We were talking…

  6. Mets send Jon Niese to New York for MRI on sore shoulder

    Feb 26, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Uh oh. Jon Niese, who had shoulder problems last season, has left Mets camp and traveled to New York to undergo an MRI exam on his sore shoulder. Niese was limited to 24 starts last season, eventually being diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, but pitched well with a 3.71 ERA and was especially…

  7. Mets re-sign Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    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…

  8. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  9. Report: Yankees are “going to be bold” in bidding for Masahiro Tanaka

    Nov 8, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We’ve known for quite some time that the Yankees are expected to bid on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears from sources that they are willing to go to great lengths in order to land him: Sources with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said they are “going to be bold”…

  10. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  11. Red Sox redefine what it means to be dynasty

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…

  12. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 26, 2013, 7:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Tigers 1, Twins 0: The Tigers finally clinch the AL Central. It was a nail-biter, though, as they scored their lone run in the first inning and then held off the Twins all night long. Best part of their celebration? For the second year in a row Max Scherzer rocked the goggles with two different…

  13. News Flash: Billy Hamilton was thrown out stealing

    Sep 25, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Well, it had to happen eventually. I just didn’t think it’d happen today. Billy Hamilton was just thrown out stealing. With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound of all people. Hamilton reached first base on an infield single. He might have been out — it looked close — but he was called safe. He took off…

  14. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres

    Had tickets to the Columbus Clippers-Indianapolis Indians game. Daisuke Matsuzaka was scheduled to start. Then it rained and they canceled the game. I have mixed feelings about it all because, on the one hand, baseball. On the other hand I dodged the Matsuzaka bullet. Oh well. Dodgers 3, Padres 2: FISTICUFFSMANSHIP!  Zack Greinke hit Carlos…

  15. Japanese high school pitcher has thrown 22 innings and 391 pitches since Tuesday

    Mar 30, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Tomohiro Anraku

    OK, now this is pretty crazy. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Japanese high school pitcher Tomohiro Anraku has logged a total of 22 innings and 391 pitches over a five-day span in “Spring Koshien,” the country’s top national high school invitational tournament. Seriously. After throwing an eye-popping 232 pitches in a complete-game 13-inning…

  16. Indians re-sign Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps

    Mar 26, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    The past week has been filled with teams releasing veteran players who were signed to minor-league deals because they didn’t want to pay them a $100,000 bonus for accepting assignments to Triple-A. And now we’re seeing teams re-signing those same players to new minor-league deals that don’t require the same bonus payment, as the Indians…

  17. Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Indians' Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches three innings against the Giants during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale

    Former Red Sox star pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been released from the Cleveland Indians, per the team’s official Twitter. Matsuzaka battled a litany of injuries throughout his career: a shoulder strain in 2008 and ’09, a neck strain and a forearm strain in 2010, Tommy John surgery in 2011, recovery from the surgery in 2012,…

  18. Indians send top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    No big surprise, but the Indians have sent top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A after he was in the mix for the final rotation spot. Cleveland previously reassigned Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor-league camp, taking him out of the rotation mix, but fellow reclamation projection Scott Kazmir remains in the running along with Carlos Carrasco. Bauer…

  19. Daisuke Matsuzaka accepts Indians’ assignment to Triple-A

    Mar 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    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…

  20. Indians tell Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps they won’t make Opening Day roster

    Mar 18, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are among the players in Indians camp on minor-league deals, but this morning the team told both pitchers they won’t be making the Opening Day roster. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com the Indians are hoping both veterans accept assignments to the minors, which would come with $100,000 bonuses and…

  21. 2013 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Can the Indians be a quick fix? After following up an 80-82 season in 2011…

  22. Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to pitch against the Red Sox. Figure they’re cool with that.

    Feb 14, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    I think the proper word for what I did when I read this is “chortle.” One reason Dice-K picked the Indians? They’re in the AL. “I want to pitch against Boston,” he said through interpreter Jeff Cutler. — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 13, 2013   “Oh, no! Don’t throw us into that brier patch!” exclaimed the Red…

  23. 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…

  24. Daisuke Matsuzaka mulling minor league offers

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:12 AM EDT

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    From three teams, actually: 松坂、移籍先絞った!インディアンス、マーリンズ、メッツの3球団!:MLB:スポーツ報知 hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/mlb/news/20130… Daisuke Matsuzaka down to Indians, Marlins, Mets — Gen Sueyoshi (@gwynar) January 17, 2013   The Mets pitching staff would be the hardest of those three for Dice-K to crack, but if he truly wants to remain in the states he’ll take one of these. If what he truly…

  25. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

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