Mets Sign Daisuke Matsuzaka
This is a few days late, but in case you haven’t heard, the Mets have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
The Mets have decided to give Dice-K a chance to continue his legendary Human Rain Delay act in 2014 — one that would make Steve Trachsel and Mike Hargrove proud, and the rest of us cry. If Matsuzaka makes the big club, he gets a $1.5M contract.
As much as I cannot — and usually will not — stand watching him labor through five innings with all the speed of a terrestrial gastropod mollusc, this signing makes plenty of sense for the Mets. Having Dice-K and John Lannan as backup plans behind the very sketchy competition of Jenrry Mejia and Carlos Torres for the fifth-starter role.
I get the feeling that Mejia will pitch well enough, and avoid injury long enough, to earn a role on the pitching staff come April. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be the #5 starter, nor does it mean Mejia will remain healthy through June — and that’s why the Mets need both Lannan and Matsuzaka in the mix. Not to mention, we have no idea if Jonathon Niese‘s shoulder is going to last through six months of a big league season, and who knows what other random ailment will befall a Mets starter at some point.
Again, I find watching grass growing, paint drying, or fossils forming to be more exciting than witnessing Daisuke Matsuzaka slog through a ballgame, but, at this point in the winter, it’s a signing that makes sense for the Mets.
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