Red Sox dangling Matsuzaka

Folowing two mediocre seasons the Boston Red Sox are apparently willing and eager to trade Daisuke Matsuzaka. Following two strong seasons, which saw him go 15-12 during his 2007 rookie campaign and 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in year two, Matsuzaka suddenly began to struggle. While pitching at less than a hundred percent healthy Matsuzaka posted a 4-6 record with a 5.76 ERA. Last season the man known as,”Dice K”, didn’t fare much better by going 9-6 with a 4.69 ERA. It’s been a struggle for the 30 year-old this spring, who has gone 0-1 with an 11.42 ERA in three outings. In his last outing Matsuzaka surrendered five runs and five hits in less than four innings. What is really alarming, aren’t just the statistics, but the fact that this spring he has only thrown his fast ball a little over 89 miles per hour, with not a lot of movement. “His rhythm was all out of whack,” a baseball scout said. “I don’t know if it’s because that’s what the team wants, but I think he’s become too much of a conventional pitcher. He’s got to go back to pitching ‘left-handed’ again … dropping down at times … throwing from all kinds of angles … turning the ball over. He’s not doing that as much.” What makes trading Matsuzaka so difficult is that he has a no-trade clause and he will be getting $10 million this coming season.

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