Mets are not considering bringing Dice-K to camp

Daisuke Matsuzaka 1 polaroidThe Mets and Astros are still “kicking around” the idea of signing free-agent RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Last month, Hochi Shimbun reported Matsuzaka was talking with the Mets, Indians and Marlins, while other teams had expressed interest in him as well.

Matsuzaka went just 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts upon returning from Tommy John Surgery with Boston in 2012. He just completed a six-year, $52 million contract he signed with the Red Sox after the 2006 season.

Feb. 4, 10:12 am: The Mets are not interested in inviting Matsuzaka to camp (Cafardo, Boston Globe).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The buzz around Matsuzaka is that he wanted to either pitch in San Diego or Japan. However, after pitching in Boston in the A.L. East, he might benefit from moving to a pitcher’s park in the National League. He’s had a series of bizarre, random injuries. If he’s healthy, he’s intriguing, plus he’d add a little buzz to this team, which they’re clearly missing… among other things.

Michael Baron, Contributor

There’s no harm in taking a look at Dice-K on a non-guaranteed deal. He has pitched in only 19 games since 2010 thanks to Tommy John Surgery, and he never was able to find a rhythm upon returning last year, although he still had good velocity on his fastball. He has historically been primarily a fastball/sider pitcher but will throw the entire kitchen sink at the opposition at times. He has traditionally worked a lot of deep counts which creates a lot of stressful situations for him, and it has limited his ability to work deep into games consistently.

The questions for Dice-K are does he have anything left in the tank to provide insurance for the Mets rotation? Would he consider a swing-type role where he would be asked to work as both a starter and reliever? He could be motivated to prove his arm problems and bizarre history are a thing of the past, but the opportunities to prove himself might not be consistent for him in a role with the Mets, and I fear the inconsistent role for him could cause more harm than good, especially since he’s been a starter for most of his professional career.