Mets refute Japanese report on Dice-K
January, 14, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsThere's no deal between Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Mets, despite a report out of Japan, according to team officials.
The Mets previously have acknowledged being in the market for a fifth starter on a minor-league contract to compete with Jenrry Mejia and prospects such as Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.
Matsuzaka, 33, had a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the club at the end of last season.
He had appeared in danger of release early on, when he had a 10.95 ERA through three starts. But Matsuzaka then rallied to produce a 1.37 ERA in four starts the remainder of the season.