Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka reach deal

Updated: January 24, 2014, 4:16 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have added Daisuke Matsuzaka to their fifth-starter competition.

Matsuzaka has agreed to a minor league deal with the club that includes an invite to spring training.

He will compete with left-hander John Lannan and right-hander Jenrry Mejia for a rotation role. Prospects Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero officially will be in that competition as well, but they appear targeted for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Lannan agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets last weekend.

Matsuzaka, 33, went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven late-season starts with the Mets in 2013 after opting out with the Cleveland Indians, for whom he had been pitching in Triple-A.

He appeared in danger of getting dumped early by the Mets, when he had a 10.95 ERA and logged only 12 1/3 innings in his first three starts with the club. But Matsuzaka posted a 1.37 ERA over his final four starts of the season.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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