Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka signs with Indians

 

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by DANNY JAILLET

CLEVELAND– Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed a deal with a major league baseball team. However, for the first time in seven years, this signing will have no Red Sox ties to it. According to a report from ESPN.com, Matsuzaka has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, in which he could make up to $4 million.

The Tokyo Japan native had a stellar debut season in 2007, going 15-12 with 201 strikeouts. The 15 wins ranked third on the team behind veteran hurlers Tim Wakefield and Josh Beckett. 2008 brought more success as he notched an 18-3 mark and posted a 2.90 ERA. Following the World Baseball Classic in 2009, his production decreased as he went 4-6 that year. He appeared to rebound in 2010, going 9-6 and notching 133 strikeouts, but the 2011 and 2012 seasons were rough as he recorded 4 wins over that span.

With this signing, Matsuzaka reunites with old skipper Terry Francona. It is a very good possibility that Matsuzaka will find success in Cleveland because of this. Cleveland is also a smaller market, which may be a plus for him, as he tries to reboot his career and regain his status as an elite pitcher at the Major League level. In any event, how he fares in the 2013 season will be an interesting storyline as the season progresses.

About Danny Jaillet

Danny Jaillet is a big Boston College Eagles and college hockey fan. He lives, breathes and sleeps sports. Writing is a hobby of his and sports writing allows me to combine his two favorite hobbies. He also authors the Dan’s Sports Report blog, which can be found at the following link: http://danssportsreport.com/. He was born in 1995 in Bogota, Colombia and lives in Maynard, Mass. with one sister, a cat and a dog. While attending Maynard High School, he tries to be as involved with the school’s athletic programs as possible. He also enjoys collecting autographs. If you want to get his thoughts on sports, follow his Twitter account @DJaillet95. Go Eagles!
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