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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Mets court Matsuzaka? Insider says no

By Adam Rubin

Japan-based Sports Hochi reports the Mets are among the teams negotiating with right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. The newspaper, quoting a U.S.-based source, identifies the Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins as the other teams in talks with Matsuzaka's reps.

A Mets insider disputed the report, however, saying he does not believe the organization has spoken with Matsuzaka "at all."

The report adds that the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and Japanese teams also have shown interest, but those two major league teams are not in current talks.

"If it's possible, I want to stay with the Red Sox, but I think the possibility is almost zero," Matsuzaka told the newspaper in Japanese.

Matsuzaka, 32, made his season debut last June 9 after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He finished the final season of his six-year contract in Boston with a 1-7 record and 8.28 ERA in 11 starts. He allowed 58 hits and walked 20 while striking out 41 in 45 2/3 innings.

Matsuzaka finished his Red Sox career with a 50-37 record and 4.52 ERA in 117 appearances (116 starts). He won Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS, but largely was considered a bust considering the Red Sox forked over a $51 million posting fee to his Japanese club as well as $52 million in salary over major league career.

Matsuzaka is represented by Scott Boras.