Dice-K Rolls Back To Japan
Dice-K signed a contract to play for the Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League in 2015.
I still remember how shocking it seemed for the Red Sox to pay a $51M+ posting fee simply to negotiate with Matsuzaka, and then paid another $53M for his services over six years. The numbers were mind-boggling.
Today, the posting fee remains absurd, but a 6/$53M deal for a middle-of-the-rotation starter isn’t so bad.
By the way, do you remember that Matsuzaka wasn’t yet known as “Dice-K,” but rather, “D-Mat”?
And way back in 2006, when buzz about the Japanese hurler coming to the USA was swirling, MetsToday was not so hot on him, going so far as to quell the hype around him, and building suspicion based on all the info available. A few months later, anticipating D-Mat’s arrival in the USA, MetsToday wondered if the Japanese pitcher would challenge Kobe Bryant to a one-on-one? Or, rather, would he stimulate a new food sensation?
In any case, say goodbye to Dice-K as he returns home. The bullpen will once again be a lonely place between the first and fifth innings.