Matsuzaka needs to shoot for Nomo's numbers

If Daisuke Matsuzaka can match the early big-league numbers put up by fellow Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo, the Red Sox should be happy.

Originally Published: January 17, 2007
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider

With all due respect to Greg Maddux, Barry Zito and Jose Mesa, there's really not much competition for the title Hottest Pitcher Acquisition of the Offseason. Clearly, that great honor goes to Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston's $103.1 million man. Not only did the Red Sox vastly outbid their competitors merely for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka, but they're expecting him to immediately help them vault back into contention after finishing third in their division last season.

Now that ...

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