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[12/4/2014] Softbank Hawks come to terms with Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Dec.04, 2014 @ 11:23 pm, under NPB

The Softbank Hawks announced today that they came to terms with Daisuke Matsuzaka (34). The Hawks will introduce Matsuzaka at a press conference on Friday. He was assigned the number 18 and most likely agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated 1.2 billion yen plus incentives.

Source: official announcement, Daily Sports 12/4/2014, Sponichi 12/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/4/2014

[UPDATE 12/5 @ 11:20pm]

The Hawks held a press conference for Matsuzaka earlier today.

"I felt challenged as a reliever, but it didn't mean anything to mean," said Matsuzaka about pitching out of the bullpen. He added, "I want to focus on starting so long as I have the desire to start."

When asked about his right elbow, he replied, "It's getting better every year. This year has been the best so far. I have no worries about throwing the ball."

Matsuzaka was also asked about his conditioning and his troubles during the second-half of seasons, to which he said, "It's only natural to think that based on my performances over the last few years. I hope those concerns will be gone around the time the 2015 season ends."

Source: Daily Sports 12/5/2014, ZakZak 12/5/2014, Sponichi 12/5/2014

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