Adam Rubin of ESPN has heard rumor of former pitching sensation Daisuke Matsuzaka returning to the New York Mets.
The once very ballyhooed starting pitcher, who will be 33 when the season starts, ended up pitching fairly well for the Metropolitans in the second half. For the whole season, he went 3-3, posting a 4.42 ERA.
Matsuzaka, who was signed by the Boston Red Sox after they posted a then-record posting bid of $51,111,111.11, was the source of much media attention and scrutiny during his time in Boston. He saw his career collapse in 2009 when he suffered an injury during the World Baseball Classic and pitched poorly for the Sox, and then had Tommy John surgery in 2011.
He pitched exclusively in the minor leagues with Cleveland in 2012 and the first half of 2013 before being released in August and signing a Major League Deal with the Mets. He is currently a free agent.
UPDATE 9:00 EST – Rubin has since spoken with a Mets spokesperson and they have shot down the rumor.