Daisuke Matsuzaka will remain with the Mets after the team agreed to pay him $100,000 to not opt out of his current minor-league deal, the team announced on Twitter.
May 25, 2:10 p.m.: Sandy Alderson said that this weekend’s starts in Montreal won’t determine who will make the Opening Day roster (Vokrunov, March 25).
“We either had to put him on the team today and essentially make him a fifth starter, or pay him $100,000, so we went with cash,” Alderson said.
May 25, 12:32 p.m.: The news is leading to speculation among fans and reporters as to whether Matsuzaka will be sent to Triple-A Las Vegas, while giving Jenrry Mejia the fifth spot in the big-league rotation, since it would have been less expensive to simply cut Matsuzaka and attempt to re-sign him.
The other theory being that – even if the rotation spot eventually goes to Mejia, by paying to keep Matsuzaka – it guarantees double protection against a possible setback by Jon Niese, who is slated to make his first regular season start on April 6.