Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka
|03.24.13 at 10:55 pm ET|
The Indians announced (via twitter) that they have released right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was informed last week that he would not make the team’s major league Opening Day roster. Matsuzaka had said he would accept a minor league assignment from the Indians, but Cleveland let the right-hander go before it would have to pay him a $100,000 retention bonus if he declined his opt-out and agreed to a minor league assignment. According to Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer (via twitter), it is “believed” that the Indians are trying to renegotiate a minor league deal with Matsuzaka that keeps the former Red Sox starter under Indians control but that works around his retention bonus.
Matsuzaka, 32 went 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA for the Red Sox last year, finishing his Boston career with a 50-37 record, 4.52 ERA, 8.2 strikeouts and 4.3 walks per nine innings.
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