Indians agree to minor league deal with Daisuke Matsuzaka
The Cleveland Indians made headlines for the second time in two days and have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hand pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
The 32-year-old Matsuzaka’s contract is worth $1.5 million, but he could make up to $4 million with incentives, pending he passes a physical, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting.
Matsuzaka will be fighting for one of the five spots on the Indians’ starting rotation.
Three spots are guaranteed to Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers, and Zach McAllister is favored to win the No. 4 position. That leaves Matsuzaka to be battling this spring with Scott Kazmir, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber and David Huff for that final spot, according to the Associated Press.
He gained notoriety while pitching for seven years in Japan with a 108-60 record and a 2.95 ERA for the Seibu Lions. The Boston Red Sox won the right to sign Matsuzaka and he pitched in 117 games with a 50-37 record for the club from 2006-2012.