NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Does Dice-K have a suitor in Queens?
According to Sports Hochi in Japan, Daisuke Matsuzaka’s free-agency options have been narrowed down to the Mets, Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians.
But not so fast.
A Mets source disputed the report to ESPN, saying “he does not believe the organization has spoken with Matsuzaka ‘at all.'”
According to Sports Hochi, Matsuzaka has also drawn interest from other teams in the states and Japan. In a translation via ESPN, the 32-year-old said he wants to “stay with the Red Sox, but I think the possibility is almost zero.”
Already a star in his home country, Matsuzaka joined the Major League Baseball ranks with much fanfare, agreeing to a six-year deal with Boston in 2007. Matsuzaka won a World Series title in his first season with the Red Sox, and won 18 games the year after.
He hasn’t reached double digits since.
Matsuzaka returned from Tommy John surgery last June. He went 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA in 11 starts for the Red Sox in 2012.
Mets fans — would you want Dice-K? Be heard in the comments!