Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In 2014, Matsuzaka, 34, went 3-3 with a 3.89 ERA and 78 strikeouts for the New York Mets, with whom he spent the last two seasons.
“This is a very solid team,” Matsuzaka said, referring to Fukuoka. “I remember from my days pitching in Japan how difficult they were to face. It should be a very enjoyable team to pitch for.”
Matsuzaka pitched for the Seibu Lions from 1999–2006 and led the Pacific League of the NPB in wins three times. He signed a six-year, $52 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2006 after Boston paid a $51.1 million fee to sign him.
He spent eight seasons in the majors, going 56-43 with a 4.45 ERA in 132 starts. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2007, and in 2008 he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 154 strikeouts.
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