|Hot Stove: Daisuke Matsuzaka interested in pitching for Padres; Bob McClure offered job||11.25.12 at 7:59 am ET|
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Daisuke Matsuzaka has an interest in pitching in San Diego with the Padres. The 32-year-old Matsuzaka, who is a free agent, is coming off a 2012 season with the Red Sox in which he returned from Tommy John surgery to a 1-7 mark with an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts.
The report states that Matsuzaka has told members of the Japanese media that he would welcome the opportunity to restart his career in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, where he performed during the first World Baseball Classic. Evidently, the righty pitcher said money wouldn’t hold up a deal.
Matsuzaka’s 8.28 ERA in 2012 was the highest ever by a Red Sox pitcher who made at least 10 starts. On the final day of the season, he expressed disappointment in the overall shape of his six year career in Boston, during which he was paid $52 million (after the Sox secured the rights to negotiate with him for a $51.11 million posting fee in November 2006).
“I didn’t expect the six years to end the way it did end. It was really hard on me mentally for a while now,” Matsuzaka said following the last start of the year. “But there were some great memories –– the first year winning the World Series was great. But I wasn’t able to perform to my expectations after the first two years, so I’m really disappointed and I’m really apologetic that I wasn’t able to perform to my expectations.”
Though he struggled in his return from Tommy John surgery in 2012, Matsuzaka had his best strikeout rate (8.1 per nine innings) since 2009 and his lowest walk rate (3.9 per nine innings) since 2007.
Also in the piece is news that the Padres have offered their vacant bullpen coach position to Bob McClure. McClure, who served as the Red Sox’ pitching coach in 2012, was let go by the Sox in midseason, having not seen eye-to-eye with then-manager Bobby Valentine. McClure worked in the Rockies organization at the same time current Padres general manager Josh Byrnes was Colorado’s general manager.
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