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MLB News: Indians cut ties with Dice-K Matsuzaka

The Cleveland Indians have granted the release of Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka according to multiple reports.

The 32-year old spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus, going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in (19 starts) for the Clippers. The Indians had signed Matsuzaka to a minor league deal in February, but the veteran did not make the 40-man roster and was released before re-signing with Cleveland with what was reported to be an ‘out’ clause. Matsuzaka reportedly asked the team for a release which was subsequently authorized.

Matsuzaka has been slowed by elbow issues over the last few season, undergoing Tommy John surgery two years ago. He signed with the Indians due to an existing relationship with manager Terry Francona, but failed to crack the rotation due to the emergence of Corey Kluber as well as the success of fellow offseason addition Scott Kazmir.

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  • If Carlos Carrasco starts another game this season the Indians should be banned from baseball, Ohio, America and North America (including Canada).

  • mgbode

    what if they beat Jered Weaver? what if they don’t go into an epic losing streak after the Detroit series?

  • MrCleaveland

    And the Dice rolls on outta here.

  • Harv 21

    Guy’s made like $50m+ and spends the whole year in Columbus and riding buses. That’s gotta be weird. Guessing he has a chance to sneak on a major league roster but I’d think if his stats were for real we’d be looking to him for help, especially with Kazmir starting to tire.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    He came up CRAPS!

  • nj0

    And Salazar reaching his inning limit. And Kluber on the DL. And Carrasco being Carrasco. But hey, at least Brett Myers is coming back!

  • woofersus

    Because Matsuzaka would be a better choice? Carrasco’s been better than him in every statistical category this year in AAA. He throws harder, has better stuff, is 6 years younger, has a lower ERA, more strikeouts per 9, fewer walks per 9, fewer hits per 9, lower WHIP, and the list goes on. Carrasco’s been disappointing at the Major League level this year for sure, but Matsuzaka wasn’t going to come up and win games.

  • left out

    what if…