The Cleveland front office is staying aggressive. Today they reached an agreement with former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. The deal with the Indians is a minor league contract, but Matsuzaka could earn up to $4 million through performance clauses in the contract.
Matsuzaka will be reunited with Terry Francona in Cleveland, if he makes the major league roster. Matsuzaka was once the hottest commodity of Japanese baseball. The Red Sox won a bidding war with $51,111,111.11 just to be able to talk to Matasuzaka about a contract.
In June 2011 Dice-K had Tommy John surgery and returned to the Red Sox rotation less than a year later.
Matsuzaka posted a 1-7 record with an 8.28 ERA in only 11 starts. Matasuzaka’s career record is 50-37 with a 4.52 ERA and 609 strikeouts. By Steve Kish