Mar 7, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (16) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Daisuke Matsuzaka still in Mets camp

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It appears that the Mets are going to wait until the very last minute to determine who their fifth starter is going to be.

The club announced that they paid out the $100,000 retention fee to Daisuke Matsuzaka in order to keep him in camp on a minor-league deal. This means that he is still in contention to be the fifth starter. His direct competition is Jenrry Mejia.

Matsuzaka struggled after initially joining the big league club midway through last season but showed flashes of the pitcher the Boston Red Sox thought they were getting when they signed him in 2006. This Spring, the 33-year old has started five games and put up a 3.86 ERA over 18.2 innings.

Mejia has also put up a strong case to be the fifth starter, starting three games and amassing a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings. It is rumored that the club will end up making its final decision on Saturday after both pitchers pitch in an exhibition game in Montreal.

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