Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 8/28/12
On Monday, the Boston Red Sox activated Daisuke Matsuzaka and sent David Ortiz to the DL. The recent Dodgers-Red Sox super-trade has cleared the slate of expectations for Boston’s 2013 team, and seems unlike they would be interested in giving Dice-K another go around while their minor leagues brim with newfound pitching talent. And though it is unwise to call the recent trade a salary dump — given the talent they got in return — but at the same time, it appears all postseasons bets are on hold for now. According to Paul Swydan, the Red Sox should have six open roster spots heading into next season, and one of those does not likely belong to Matsuzaka. So if this really is his farewell tour, he is riding a campaign train out of town. Despite having TJ surgery last May, despite hitting the DL with a back strain last month and despite being less than a month away from his 32nd birthday, Matsuzaka has a career-low walk rate and his best strikeout rate since 2008. If Matsuzaka really is a free
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