Hours after signing Jason Giambi, the Indians have inked another former great to a minor league deal.
The Indians have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league deal, said to include a $1.5 million base salary if he passes a physical and makes the team. If he makes the Major League roster and sticks for most of the season, he can earn up to $4-5 million (specifics of what benchmarks trigger bonuses are not yet known).
Matsuzaka more than delivered on the hype around him in 2008, when he posted an ERA of 2.90 (ERA+ of 160) and finished 4th in the A.L. Cy Young voting. In the last four years though, he's been a mess, as you can see from looking at his career numbers:
|162 Game Avg.||15||11||4.52||34||0||0||0||195||178||101||1.418||8.4||1.0||4.3||8.2|