Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to start, and he might have that opportunity in his native country.
The Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks reportedly will offer the former Boston Red Sox pitcher a four-year contract worth $3.58 million (400 million yen) annually.
Matsuzaka made his wishes clear after he had just nine starts for the New York Mets last season.
“I want to start,” Matsuzaka said. “But I haven’t really put too much thought into whether it’s going to be here or there. At this point, I just want to start.”
The 34-year-old Japanese pitcher was 3-3 last season with a 3.89 ERA in 34 appearances. He has been plagued by injuries and hasn’t pitched more than 100 innings since 2010, when he was with the Red Sox.
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