Daisuke Matsuzaka and his “gyro ball” had all of the attention of Major League Baseball and the fans of the sport when he came to the United States from Japan to join the Boston Red Sox.
This past season, Matsuzaka was making a come back from Tommy John surgery and the high profile Japanese pitcher struggled greatly all season. Matsuzaka finished the season with a 1-7 record, 8.28 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in his 11 starts with the Red Sox. Matsuaka is now a free agent.
As a free agent, Matsuzaka is going to weigh his options, but there is one team that is already very high on his list.
Per Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Matsuzaka wants to play for the San Diego Padres. Center wrote:
Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose once promising U.S. career was sidetracked by elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, has told members of the Japanese media that he likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego. Now 32, Matsuzaka had 33 wins in his first two seasons with the Red Sox in 2007-2008. But he was 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA last year. Now a free agent, Matsuzaka, who made more than $51 million in six seasons with the Red Sox, told a member of the Japanese media that money is not the biggest issue.
If there was to be a deal with the Padres and Matsuzaka, it would likely be a one-year deal that is loaded with incentives.
Matsuzaka reportedly enjoyed San Diego and Petco Park when he pitched there during the very first World Baseball Classic.