Daisuke Matsuzaka Wants To Pitch For Padres

Formal announcements on all three positions could be made this week before the start of the Winter Meetings on Dec. 2.

Evidently there is a starting pitcher out there who has San Diego high on his wish list. And it is not any of the names we’ve already heard: Dan Haren, Shaun Marcum and Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose once promising U.S. career was sidetracked by elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, has told members of the Japanese media that he likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego. It seems he liked the city and the ballpark when he pitched at Petco Park in the first World Baseball Classic.

Now 32, Matsuzaka had 33 wins in his first two seasons with the Red Sox in 2007-2008. But he was 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA last year with the Red Sox in 11 starts his return from “Tommy John” surgery.

Now a free agent, Matsuzaka, who made more than $51 million in six seasons with the Red Sox, told a member of the Japanese media that money is not the biggest issue

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