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MLB News: Matsuzaka, Capps will not make Indians’ Opening Day roster

The Cleveland Indians have informed starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and relief pitcher Matt Capps that neither will make the team’s 25-man Opening Day roster.

Per reports from Goodyear, Arizona, the team desires to keep both players within the system, but would have to do so via retention bonuses if they were willing to report to Columbus and play with the Triple-A affiliate Clippers. If Matsuzaka decided to take the trip, he would be eligible for $100,000 and an opt-out clause that would take effect on June 1. Per Jordan Bastian of Indians.com, the same scenario would then apply to Capps.

The players would have until March 26 to accept or reject the team’s offer. If they opt for the latter, they would subequently become free agents. Matsuzaka, who reportedly chose to come to Cleveland this winter due to his relationship with manager Terry Francona, stated that his intentions are to stay with the Indians and is open to starting the season in the minors.

The Indians’ race for the fifth spot in the starting rotation appears to be down to Scott Kazmir, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber. Multiple reports — coupled with his solid spring training numbers1  — appear to have Kazmir as the odds-on favorite.

[Related: McAllister Clinches, Kazmir vs. Dice-K, The Race For Bench & The Harlem Shake]

  1. The left-hander has been fantastic this spring, striking out 13 over 11 scoreless innings while sitting around 91-92 mph with his fastball. []

  • Guest

    Dice K’s velocity just isn’t there anymore… no need to chase something that could be/could very well never be again. Move on to younger prospects.

  • mgbode

    fully expected and yet a nice sense of relief to see it made official.

  • Harv 21

    agree. But it’s not bad that Francona seems to have the rep of giving former stars a fair look with the right touch. You never know when one of these guys (maybe Kazmir) will rebound, and with our bad farm system it’s not like they’re taking spring training innings away from a boatload of can’t-miss prospects.

  • JeBron_Lames

    Nice to see Kazmir pitching well, the Indians could use a southpaw starter.

    Masterson
    Jimenez
    Myers
    McAllister
    Kazmir

    That’s not a bad rotation with Carrasco and Bauer healing/developing in the minors. Roll Tribe!