Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians have reportedly
signed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league deal.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sunday, Matsuzaka will earn $1.5
million if he breaks into the Indians' rotation, with incentives that could
balloon his salary to $4 million.
Matsuzaka, 32, returned from Tommy John surgery last season and struggled to a
1-7 record and an egregious 8.28 earned-run average over 11 starts with
A native of Tokyo, Japan, "Dice-K" was a prized acquisition of the Red Sox
prior to the 2007 season. He recorded 200 strikeouts his first season and
pitched to a 2.90 ERA in 2008, but his next four years were remarkably
New Indians manager Terry Francona was Matsuzaka's skipper his first five
seasons in the big leagues.
Over 117 career games -- all but one of them being starts -- Matsuzaka
compiled a 50-37 record with a 4.52 ERA and 1.42 walks/hits per inning
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