Daisuke Matsuzaka will reportedly return to the big leagues with the Mets. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. Dice-K is expected to immediately join the club's major league roster.
Matsuzaka had spent the season with the Cleveland Indians' Triple A affiliate. He tried to catch on with the major league team during Spring Training but failed to make the rotation to start the year. He stayed with the organization, though, and has improved his form recently. In his last 10 starts with the Columbus Clippers, Matsuzaka went 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts.
The Indians released Matsuzaka on Tuesday at his request so that he could try to break in with another major league team.
Matsuzaka was a star with Japan's Seibu Lions and made a splash when he decided to move to the MLB. The Red Sox paid $51.1 million for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka in November 2006 and signed the pitcher to a six-year, $52 million deal.
Dice-K had his best season in Boston in 2008, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA. But elbow injuries took their toll on Matsuzaka, who is only 6-feet tall and 185 pounds. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and struggled when he returned last season, posting an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts for the Red Sox.