According to the Japan Times, Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to Japan after playing six seasons with the Red Sox and the past two seasons with the Mets.
He’s agreed to a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who are the reigning Japanese League champions.
Matsuzaka left Japan in 2007 to sign a $51 million contract with the Red Sox and had immediate success, but he has since had trouble. Starting in 2009, “Dice-K” battled injury upon injury, and attempted several comebacks into the majors since then. Now, he will look to regain his form back in Japan.
If this is his final stint in the United States, he finishes with a 4.45 ERA in 790 innings, striking out 720 while allowing 721 hits and 387 walks.