New York Mets sign Japanese pitcher

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The New York Mets today announced that they had signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

The Mets tweeted "...announce we've just signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league deal. We've invited him the #MLB camp."

Matsuzaka was first brought to the United States by the Boston Red Sox with a six year $52 Million contract in 2006. The Japanese ace struggled with injury but did win the World Series with the Red Sox in 2007.

He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011 and was a free agent in 2012. He signed with the Cleveland Indians in 2013 but was released later that year.

The New York Mets picked him up and Matsuzaka posted a 3-3 record with a 4.42 ERA as a member of their starting rotation.

It is unclear what role Matsuzaka will play in 2014 for the Mets but with Matt Harvey recovering from surgery, the New York club may require an additional starter as cover.

The Mets cross-town rivals, New York Yankees picked up Matsuzaka's compatriot Masahiro Tanaka on a $155 Million contract.

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