After paying up $50 million just to speak with him, the Red Sox signed Daisuke Matsuzaka in December of 2006 to six-year, $50 million contract. Nicknamed “Dice-K,” his first MLB spring training was in a Red Sox uniform in March 2007, which started his six-year career with Boston. In June of 2011, Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John surgery.
He returned in 2012 but was ineffective, going 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA. He became a free agent at the end of the 2012 season and was picked up by the Cleveland Indians on a minor-league deal for 2013.
Matsuzaka did not make the Indians’ big-league club out of spring training, but agreed to a new minor-league deal to stay with the club. He has not pitched in the majors this season.