Daisuke Matsuzaka signs with Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to their minor league team. However, it will not be effective until after a physical.
If he does join the club, he will make $1.5 million but he could earn up to $4 million with incentives, according to The Plain Dealer.
Matsuzaka was with the Boston Red Sox last year and started in 11 games. In those 11 games, he went 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA. He also started in 13 games for the minors before joining the Red Sox in June and went 1-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 13.
If he joins the Indians, he will be reuniting with Terry Francona, the former Boston manager.
Right now, there are only three pitchers with guaranteed spots on the Indians’ rotation. Those players are Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers. Word is that Zach McAllister is favored for the fourth spot, according to the Associated Press.
That would mean that Matsuzaka would be competing with Scott Kazmir, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber and David Huff this spring.