MLB News: Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

A bit of surprising news today from out in Arizona. Let’s pass the baton to Bart Swain:

“The Indians today released RHP DIASUKE MATSUZAKA from his Minor League contract that was signed on February 13th.

Matsuzaka, 32, did not record a decision in four spring outings this year (8.0IP, 10H, 2R/ER, 1BB, 3K), the last of which came on March 11.

There will be no further comment from the organization this evening on this transaction.”

Matsuzaka was signed by the Indians on Feb. 10. A 32-year-old who missed most of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, he felt comfortable with new Tribe manager Terry Francona and decided to take the risk of coming to Cleveland. According to those initial reports, his deal for 2013 included a base salary of $1.5 million if he made the team, with incentives up to $4 million.

Then, on March 18, both Matsuzaka and reliever Matt Capps were informed that they would not break camp with the 40-man roster. The very next day, Matsuzaka was quoted as saying he will accept the team’s minor league assignment and wishes to stick with the Indians for having faith in him this offseason. Hence, the Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes believes today’s transaction isn’t a true release, but just semantics leading to a new, more mutually beneficial deal:

We’ll likely see more soon, as the Indians release ominously said “no further comment from the organization this evening.” Meanwhile, the race for the No. 5 rotation job for Cleveland is down to either Carlos Carrasco or Scott Kazmir.

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

  • Kildawg

    Think the Yankees ink Dice-K as their #5 starter with Wang in their pen.

  • mgbode

    not even the Yankees are that dumb. Dice-K is finished.