Sports Hochi: Matsuzaka back to the Mets on a minor league deal; announcement in the next few days http://t.co/yZKGTj0vZ6
— Patrick Newman (@npbtracker) January 15, 2014
Then there was this:
I've been told by a #Mets person the Daisuke Matsuzaka report out of Japan is "not true at all." False alarm from Sports Hochi, perhaps.Live by the rumor, die by the rumor. Its a crazy world of up to the minute news we live in, but bring Daisuke Matsuzaka back to the Mets is a move that makes sense. The Mets need a veteran who can not only compete for the fifth spot in the rotation, but is also willing to take a minor league deal. Matsuzaka fits that mold. More importantly, he pitched well down the stretch last year.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) January 15, 2014
After what looked like a busted experiment, Daisuke posted four consecutive very strong outings to close out the year. The strong finish allowed him to post his lowest ERA since 2008 (yes, I'm aware its a small sample size). Whether or not his brief bounce back to form is a direct result of Dan Warthen is anyone's guess, but you can't argue with the results.
As an aside, while I sit here explaining to you why I think its a good idea to bring Matsuzaka back this season, bear in mind that I tweeted this gem as recently as September. Amazing how things can change in an instant...
Dear Everyone, No matter how well Dice-K pitches, he is not an option for the rotation next season...
— Rob Patterson (@RobPatterson83) September 15, 2013