Are the Mets going to bring back Dice-K?

Late Tuesday night, Mets officials have said there is no truth to a report in Japan (Newman, Jan. 14) indicating they re-signed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (Rubin, Jan. 14).

That said, re-acquiring Matsuzaka this off-season is “still a possibility,” according to a source (Martino, Jan. 14).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets are interested in bringing back Matsuzaka for 2014, Sandy Alderson so much as said during Decemeber. However, other statements indicate Alderson is only interested in signing starting pitching to minor-league deals at this point. It reads like the Japanese report was likely premature. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them agree to a deal sooner than later, but it’s clear – based on Rubin’s report – that things are still being worked out…

Michael Baron, Contributor

Matsuzaka could serve as useful insurance for the rotation. He’s a flyball pitcher, which makes him a good fit for Citi Field and the other big parks in the division. He was very effective over his final four starts last season, thanks in large measure to his improved tempo. He also showed outstanding breaking pitches when he had his command, an indication he still had something to offer at this level. Of course, to get a deal done, Matsuzaka would probably have to be willing to accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, at least to the start of the season.

30 comments
Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Dodgers inked Kershaw to a 210 million deal. Must be nice to be a fan of a team willing to and be able to spend to keep their team in contention.

number17
number17

I don't blame the Metsblog crew for these boring stories (I do blame them for their lack of proof reading and spell check - Decemeber?? Really??). There isn't much really happening in all of baseball right now. So we will continue to get the Dice- K and the Ike Davis stories that we are so long to read.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

My question here has nothing to do with the Mets just MLB in general. If Price is a Tampa Ray technically till for two years. vs trading under him . why not just keep him for now and the next season fully and lose him for a first round choice then and get all they can get out of him as a Ray vs trading him for prospects in general  is he helping the Rays more being a Ray for the remainder and get the draft choice unless they stop giving draft choice by then. what do you think.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i want to put a question for a 5th starter . If you can get a Barry Zito for a 1 year minor league deal for 3 million vs Dice K at 2 million which one would you take.

foley
foley

Bizarre.  Everything was great until the last sentence by Baron.  GUARANTEE if he pitches ok in spring training HE is the 5th starter.  Unless an 8 ball is thrown and Montero or Noah get thrown in the mix which makes no sense.... the other option is Mejia.  I am sure that Mets would prefer if they have an alternative to start Mejia in bullpen or have him make some more starts at AAA.  Remember after his problems he will certainly be on a pitch and innings count.

Joel Beck
Joel Beck

He could b the sixth starter.

Jonny A-Sides
Jonny A-Sides

This is news? This is what it has come to? Really? Dice-K posts?

eric88
eric88

rico-- In 35 years there have been very, very few trades that happened during spring training, unless they are very minor.

Robert Kramisen
Robert Kramisen

You need depth. He showed he could be a decent backend of the rotation guy. He's in the NL. Go for it.

mike23
mike23

Mets are getting no respect from around baseball (no ESPN game for them to start the season), so at this point I could careless about moves such as Dice K. Mets made it look like they were busy this offseason but did very little to really make them contenders which they kept saying 2014 would be the year, here we are and once again there are more "if's and "what if's" than ever. Wilpons, just sell the team already so we can get back to being a proud NYC team and start contending for championships and not have .500 be the pathetic goals. 



eric88
eric88

How about adding somebody who can actually bat over .200 !!!

rico
rico

At the end of last season it common knowledge that the 


"Mets would be interested in bringing back DiceK in 2014, or at least inviting him to training camp"


What has changed?  


I hope he comes to camp…can never have an enough pitching and he's an intense competitor with some juice left 

Michael Stauffer
Michael Stauffer

Another Dice K article? Really? At least it isn't another Ike Davis article...I guess.

Scott Griffin
Scott Griffin

He might have something left , minor league deal only !!

nwmets
nwmets

I've gotten to the point where I stop reading after I see "The Mets are interested..." Have I become too jaded for this forum?

Rob Lane
Rob Lane

Of all the remaining options for a #5 starter, Matsusaka is in my opinion the best potential signing...

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Didn't he credit Dan Warthen for his success in the last four starts?

bill metsiac
bill metsiac

Whatever the reason, it seems Warthen has done the proverbial Peterson "fix him in 10 minutes" trick, and Dice-K was Ace-like in his last 4 starts. Small sample, sure, but too good to give away. MnL deal only, but make the offer.

metstastic
metstastic

@Ron DavisAre you asking if it is a better idea to hold on to him and get a draft pick or to trade him for a boatload of prospects? Of course the latter! 

BTW, teams no longer get the first round draft pick of the team that signs him. The pick just disappears and the team get a compensation pick between the first and second round if they make a QO that the player doesn't accept.

stemog
stemog

@Ron DavisDice-K. I think Zito's been finished as a starter for a long time.

metstastic
metstastic

@foleyNope.. I think Mejia has the 5th starter job locked up. They just want someone in AAA for depth in case of injury.

stemog
stemog

@Jonny A-Sides So what? He's gonna be on a major league team somewhere, possibly with the Mets. It's Mets news. Geez.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@eric88 April 5th, 1972, Rusty Staub was traded by Montreal to the Mets. That is one of the very few (from a Mets perspective) I can remember.  

rico
rico

But lots of last minutes signings

metstastic
metstastic

@ricoDiceK is probably holding out for a major league deal.

rico
rico

@Brian Daley Outside of Kershaw and Tanaka (when that happens) notice there is not a lot of "signings" going on in baseball.

I suspect from watching how this goes for 35 years that when teams get into spring training and see what is what is when there will be more trades and signings


Gland1
Gland1

@nwmets Apparently a lot of people have considering there are no comments on any posts any more.