Reader Toshio Tsukiyama reminded us that a pitcher we haven’t mentioned is Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is rumored to be “posted” by the Siebu Lions. This is the same process Ichiro! went through: teams bid for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka. Which makes this even more of a gamble than a normal free agent would be.
Matsuzaka is supposedly the next star to come over. He reportedly (I haven’t seen him) throws 96mph with a plus fastball and the infamous gyroball, a bizarre double-spin screwball. You can check out Matsuzaka’s stats here. And here’s a good story with picture at the Japan Times Online. He’s had pretty good results — using that site’s admittedly inaccurate stats, he’s running over a 2:1 K:BB ratio. I’m a little worried about the crazy number of complete games, and whether his arm’s potentially shredded already after being ridden at a level that would be a felony in most American states. He threw 249 pitches in a 17 inning complete game in high school. 249!
But here’s the thing. Dude is 24. Eeeeeeeeeeeeyup.
So what do you pay for a guy like this? What kind of priority does he take in the off-season?
And, if I may be so bold, if the team’s running a second account for new, off-shore players (which they claimed back during the Contreras bidding), who cares? Spend the freaking money.