Mets sign Daisuke Matsuzaka

The New York Mets signed starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to a contract on Thursday.

According to CBS Sports, Matsuzaka is expected to join the Mets on Friday and could start on Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Matsuzaka will be added to the Mets rotation with Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia both being out for the season and needing surgery.

According to the New York Daily News, Matsuzaka will take Carlos Torres spot in the rotation, Torres has been pitching in the Mets bullpen.

Matsuzaka was released on Tuesday by the Cleveland Indians. He was pitching for Triple-A Columbus this season and went 5-8 with 3.92 ERA in 19 starts.  Matsuzaka signed with the Indians in February to a minor league contract.

Matsuzaka last appeared in Major League Baseball during the 2012 season with the Boston Red Sox. He came to the Boston Red Sox in 2007 after being a sensation in Japan. The team paid a combined $103 million dollars on Matsuzaka.

Matsuzaka failed to live up to the hype with Boston, going 50-37 in his six years with the Red Sox. However, he is just 32 years old and can rejuvenate his career in the final month of the season if all goes well with the Mets.

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