Free-agent Daisuke Matsuzaka has said he would like to pitch for the Padres. (J. Meric/Getty Images)
Free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka has told media members in Japan that he is intrigued by the possibility of pitching for the San Diego Padres, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose once promising U.S. career was sidetracked by elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, has told members of the Japanese media that he likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego. It seems he liked the city and the ballpark when he pitched at Petco Park in the first World Baseball Classic.
Matsuzaka had a 1-7 record, 8.28 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 11 starts for the Boston Red Sox last season after returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The Padres are also reportedly interesting in pitcher Dan Haren, Shaun Marcum and Ubaldo Jimenez.