On Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians brought Daisuke Matsuzaka into camp in Goodyear, Ariz., to compete for the back end of their rotation with a deal that would pay him a $1.5 million salary this season if he’s added to the 40-man roster. He could earn an additional $2.5 million in performance bonuses.
That’s a far cry from the $103 million Boston shelled out to land the Japanese right-hander in 2007.
“I just want him to be Daisuke,” said new Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who managed Boston when Matsuzaka was a starter for the Red Sox.
Matsuzaka went 33-15 in his first two seasons in Boston, but since 2008 he has never won more than nine games in a season. And he has been limited to just 18 starts the past two seasons because of elbow problems. Matsuzaka underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in 2011.
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