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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mets sign Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league contract

Matsuzaka, 33, went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA (81 ERA+) in seven starts for the Mets late last season. He spent most of the year in Triple-A with the Indians, where he went 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts. Dice-K missed most of the 2011-12 seasons due to Tommy John surgery.

Matsuzaka will compete with Jenrry Mejia and John Lannan for New York’s fifth starter spot. All three pitchers have dealt with some kind of injury problems in recent years.

He’s a decent depth signing as he finished last year well after a rocky start. That said, I think it would be a good thing for the Mets if Dice-K doesn’t ever make another start for them.

There’s been some talk that the Mets are interested in signing Fernando Rodney. Parnell is an acceptable closer and the Mets would probably get more value out of signing Stephen Drew.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: January 25, 2014 at 01:42 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lassus Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4646128)
There’s been some talk that the Mets are interested in signing Fernando Rodney.

God, this would be the Metsiest move in the history of the Mets.
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4646131)
Take that Yankees!
   3. Bug Selig Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4646132)
God, this would be the Metsiest move in the history of the Mets.


Hard to top Jason Bay.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4646137)
I would argue for reacquiring one of the most hated players in the history of the organization, watching him get proudly fat and immobile and terrible, and then buying out the remainder of his contract at 8%+ interest because the owner knows we can make that money back easy through his buddy's fraudulent investment group.
   5. TerpNats Posted: January 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4646145)
You wanted a Japanese pitcher, Mets fans? You got one...merely not the one you wanted.
   6. simon bedford Posted: January 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM (#4646151)
as a met fan this move doesnt excite me much, but i still plan to enjoy the yankee fans discovering they have spent eleventy billion dollars to kat maeda the second
   7. formerly dp Posted: January 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4646155)
The Mets are collecting guys who can be fairly easily bumped from the rotation when Montero and Synder are ready-- solid strategy, given what they have on hand.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM (#4646159)
On the other hand, finding "guys who can easily be bumped from the rotation" is not a challenging scouting project. How about Glendon Rusch? Jeff D'Amico?
   9. Elvis Posted: January 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4646168)
Previously under Alderson the Mets have signed guys like Capuano, Young and Marcum and immediately placed them into the rotation. Now they're signing them hoping they never pitch a game in the majors. I think that's progress.

FWIW, Matsuzaka's last four starts with the Mets: 26.1 IP, 1.37 ERA, .461 OPS against, 0.835 WHIP.
SSS and all of that but it sure beats signing guys who ended the season on the DL or getting knocked around.
   10. formerly dp Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4646171)
On the other hand, finding "guys who can easily be bumped from the rotation" is not a challenging scouting project.
Well, it does require you to get guys who aren't going to expect to hold down a rotation spot all season. Before Marcum got hurt last year, it looked like he was going to be the odd man out, and that would not have sat well. Like everyone else, I'm pulling for Mejia to take the spot ad lock it down, but even if he does, there are other injury risks in the front 4.
   11. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4646173)
FWIW, Matsuzaka's last four starts with the Mets: 26.1 IP, 1.37 ERA, .461 OPS against, 0.835 WHIP.
SSS and all of that but it sure beats signing guys who ended the season on the DL or getting knocked around.


He hasn't had an ERA+ better than 93 in the last five seasons and his fastball with the Mets was 2 MPH slower than it was in 2012. There's a reason why he got the same contract as a guy like Mark Mulder. You're right in the first part of your post.

I hope the rotation is going to be Colon, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, and Mejia and that Montero and Syndergaard are ready when the time comes for someone to be replaced.
   12. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4646200)
The Mets, like the Dodgers, are waste treatment plants for the Red Sox. The Sox flush their #### down the toilet in Boston and it ends up in Queens and LA, not totally purified but less toxic.

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