In a report to the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes the New York Mets are “kicking around the possibility” of inviting Daisuke Matsuzaka to Spring Training, saying:
“Teams like the Astros and Mets are kicking around the possibility of adding Matsuzaka to their spring training camp to see if he can recapture the form he had in his first two seasons in Boston. Matsuzaka could also head back to Japan if he doesn’t get what he considers a good chance to make a major league roster.”
Cafardo later tweeted the Mets have no interest in Dice-K:
This is now the second time the Mets have disputed reports of being interested in the 32-year-old starter. In mid-January a Japan-based Sports Hochi reported the Mets were among a number of teams negotiating Dice-K, but according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, a Mets insider disputed the report, however, saying he does not believe the organization has spoken with Matsuzaka “at all.”
I would have no problem with the Mets inviting the former Boston starter to spring training, even though I am not the biggest Dice-K fan. He walks way to many batters (a career 4.3 BB/9) and has spend most of the last four year on the disabled list. Still, there is no harm in seeing if the right-hander can “recapture the form he had in his first two seasons in Boston,” as Cafardo explained. That said, the truth is, he has been pretty brutal since 2009, boasting ERA’s of 5.76, 4.69, 5.30, and 8.28 respectively.
So maybe it is wishful thinking to assume he could even come close to “recapturing” his old form.
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