Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 3/20/12
In December 2006, the Boston Red Sox signed right handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzakato a six-year, $52 million, and lets not forget a $51 million posting fee. After five seasons in the Majors, the “Dice-K” fever is long gone and one is left wondering if he'll actually be in the Majors after finishing his contract with the Red Sox this season. Since his arrival to the Majors, Matsuzaka has only had one great season. That was the 2008 season when he finished 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA, 0.6 HR/9 and 8.3 SO/9 in 167.2. Although his BB/9 was at 5.0 that year a really high number. From 2009 until last season Matsuzaka only pitched in 45 games and hasn't been impressive at all. He has been plagued with injuries and has averaged more than 4 walks per nine innings in each one of the last three seasons (4.6 in 2009, 4.3 in 2010 and 5.5 in 2011). Not to mention his ERA has been 5.76, 4.69 and 5.30 respectively. For the money the Red Sox invested in him, and the hype he generated throughout the baseball industry, Matsuzaka has been a bitter disappointment for the baseball world, and unless he manages to stay healthy after his Tommy John surgery he probably won't come back to the Majors in 2013. And even if he stays healthy he will certainly not find a similar contract to the one he signed back in 2006 with the Red Sox. He would probably be given a one-year deal with a team looking for help at the back of their rotation. Image by Triple Tri under the Creative Commons License.
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