July 24, 2014

MLB News: Indians sign Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league deal

The Cleveland Indians have signed former Red Sox and (two time MVP of the World Baseball Classic!!) Daisuke Matsuzaka or “Dice-K”. CBS’s Jon Heyman’s reports that deal could worth as much as $4 million.

And the PlainDealer’s Paul Hoynes reported that his base salary would be $1.6 million.

Like Jason Giambi, signing the 32 year old Matsuzaka is another low-risk, high-reward move. After having Tommy John surgery in 2011, Dice-K was just 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA for the Red Sox in 2012, giving up 11 HRs in just 45 innings.

Known for his “gyroball“, in 2006, the Red Sox paid $51 million just for the rights to negotiate with Matsuzaka and then proceeded to sign him for another $52 million. Dice-K went 50-7 in his six years in Boston, with an ERA of 4.52 and posting a 1.418 WHIP.

I wonder how much new manager Terry Francona had to do with this signing. Francona has talked in the past at how he’s happy to be out of the crucible that is Boston Sports. Assuming he’s healthy, I bet pitching in a no-pressure situation in Cleveland would be good for Matsuzaka (not to mention not having to live up to the expectations come with a $100 million contract).

[Related: Hafner Heads East. PEACE]

  • playing left out

    my boston buds are laughing at this one. but its worth a try

  • simond

    looks like we’ve got a great team… it were 2006

  • gren

    Low Risk, High Reward signings. What is there to complain about? Keep it up Tribe brass!

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki
  • historycat

    A bunch of has-beens and never-weres. We would be paying him $4 million to bring his name and little else. Sell mediocre somewhere else, we’re all full up here.

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    the signing is fine. it’s not my money. just set the expectation bar low.

    the 8+ ERA last year sounds right but doesnt fully capture how painful he was to watch. he’s a slow working nibbler. even in his good year, he averaged 100 pitches per 5+ innings (ave start).

    francona definitely had a say in this. that’s the biggest positive here… francona knows this guy.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Wish we still had Bentancourt now. Dice-K starts, Bentancourt finishes…..8 hour 9-inning game.

  • Harv 21

    Probably nothing to the rumor that Antonetti got drunk at the winter meetings and wagered more than he intended that the Tribe would have this year’s AL Comeback Player of the Year.

    You go, Chris – you can’t win if you don’t play.

  • nobody

    Three key words: minor league deal. This is a great move, no matter what happens with him.

  • FearTheRoo

    We’ve had a lot of strange minor-league signings this offseason. One has to work out right??

  • Jaker

    The “low risk high reward” Tribe

  • Jaker

    WE SHOULD SIGN GRADY SIZEMORE

  • MrCleaveland

    Your Boston buds have nothing to laugh about. The Red Sox paid $51 just to NEGOTIATE with this guy.

    NOBODY is that good.

  • mgbode

    i never liked Dice-K (way too many BBs which leads to a high WHIP and too many run opportunities for the other team), but this is just rolling the dice (see what I did there) to see if any of these guys has anything left.

  • MrCleaveland

    I saw that. Nice!

    I’ve always wondered how they got dice-kay out of die-SOO-key.

  • Natedawg86

    I feel like I am watching Major League: Back to the Minors

  • JK

    The Columbus Clippers are gonna be fun to watch this year!

  • Jay

    I want to down-vote this, but I laughed too hard & just couldn’t do it.

  • dwhit110

    “this guy’s dead” “well cross him off the list!”

  • NoVA Buckeye

    It’s a great year to be a student at tOSU!

  • NoVA Buckeye

    the ‘u’ sound before ‘ke’ in ‘suke’ in Japanese is silent. Just a picky detail in their language

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Me too. I tried to learn Japanese on my own once upon a time, but I got bored after a couple weeks. Words can mean different things depending on where in the word you put the accent, which is stupid and I want no part of it.

  • MrCleaveland

    WHOA!!!! The Nerd Club goes bilingual. Good job, NoVa. Pretty impressive.