Friday October 31st, 2014

A Japanese team is expected to offer free agent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka a four-year contract, Sports Hochi reports, via ESPN's Adam Rubin.

According to the report, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will offer Matsuzaka a four-year deal worth around $3.58 million per season.

Matsuzaka appeared in 34 games for the New York Mets during the 2014 season, including nine starts. The veteran right-hander accumulated a 3.89 ERA over 83.1 innings, but despite his success out of the bullpen, Matsuzaka has been vocal in his desire to start. 

He played the last two seasons with the Mets after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Boston Red Sox. His best season came in 2008, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 154 strikeouts. Injuries have limited him in recent years, however, as he surpassed 100 innings just once in the past six seasons.

He signed a six-year, $52 million contract in 2007 to join the Red Sox from Japan. Boston paid a then-record $51.1 million transfer fee to sign him.

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