Daisuke Matsuzaka, again
Rumors are starting to bubble again. The New York Times ran a story which speculated the Yankees, who’ve been sent home early again, might pursue him if he’s posted. The Mariners almost certainly would.
We’ve written about him before, including a whole spate of articles at this time last year, when it looked like he might have been posted then.
Matsuzaka pitched on the 8th for the Seibu Lions in the playoffs (against the Chiba Lotte Marines, managed by Bobby Valentine)… going seven innings and throwing 142 pitches.
142. In seven innings.
Which brings up the huge negative about Matsuzaka, even if he’s posted: his workload has been absolutely insane. Maybe he’s one of the few players who can take that kind of abuse and remain effective, but he’s only 25, and he was overworked horribly during years where that kind of abuse most harms pitchers. Teams should be scared.
If he’s posted, it’s going to take a lot of money to get him. He’s undeniably talented, though we can debate what meaningless rotation number label you could put on him. But it’d be like buying an amazingly risky used car:
“How much for this 2005 Boxster of yours?”
“That’s really expensive, but it is nice… how many miles?”
“Um… wow. You sure drove it a lot. Do you have maintenance records?”
“A what now?”
“Regular service.. oil changes?”
“Phhhbbbllltttt. Every morning I go out, put it in neutral, rev it all the way up a couple times while it’s still cold, peel out, and then drive the rest of the day. If the oil light comes on, I just pour some of that Slick 50 stuff in.”