Japan-based Sports Hochi reports the Mets are among the teams negotiating with right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. The newspaper, quoting a U.S.-based source, identifies the Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins as the other teams in talks with Matsuzaka's reps.
Boston Red Sox
A Mets insider disputed the report, however, saying he does not believe the organization has spoken with Matsuzaka "at all."
"If it's possible, I want to stay with the Red Sox, but I think the possibility is almost zero," Matsuzaka told the newspaper in Japanese.
Matsuzaka, 32, made his season debut last June 9 after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He finished the final season of his six-year contract in Boston with a 1-7 record and 8.28 ERA in 11 starts. He allowed 58 hits and walked 20 while striking out 41 in 45 2/3 innings.
Matsuzaka finished his Red Sox career with a 50-37 record and 4.52 ERA in 117 appearances (116 starts). He won Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS, but largely was considered a bust considering the Red Sox forked over a $51 million posting fee to his Japanese club as well as $52 million in salary over major league career.
Matsuzaka is represented by Scott Boras.