[12/16/2017] Chunichi Dragons interested Daisuke Matsuzaka

According to Tokyo Sports, Daisuke Matsuzaka approached the Hanshin Tigers to see if they might be interested in signing him for a low salary, but was turned down. Team official Osamu Tanimoto told reporters the story was over and that he hoped to see Matsuzaka pitch at Koshien Stadium, but with another team.

Matsuzaka may have also approached the Chunichi Dragons, Seibu Lions, and Yokohama Bay Stars.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/16/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/16/2017, Sports Hochi 12/16/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/16/2017

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 3:41pm]

The Liberty Times is reporting that Matsuzaka’s agent reached out to all four pro teams in Taiwan during the Asia Pro Yakyu Championships in November. One of the four teams did not show any interest. Additional, the Apple Daily is reporting that the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions are interested and open to giving the veteran a tryout. However, Matsuzaka’s first option is remaining in the NPB.

Source: ZakZak 12/18/2017, Sports Hochi 12/18/2017, Sports Hochi 12/18/2017

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 4:06pm]

The SET News Channel is apparently reporting that teams in Taiwan will probably find it difficult to pull in enough revenue to justify spending twenty million yen on salary, especially on a pitcher coming off an injury.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/18/2017

[UPDATE 12/19 @ 1:04am]

There is apparently no truth to the reports about Matsuzaka approaching other teams about interest. According to Tokyo Sports, a person close to Matsuzaka said he currently has no agent and has not personally reached out to other teams, especially teams in Taiwan. With regards to the reports about Hanshin, they apparently contacted Matsuzaka to see if he was still able to pitch and he was the one that turned them down.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/18/2017

The Chunichi Dragons are reportedly interested in Matsuzaka. Health is an issue, as is roster slot availability.

Source: Daily Sports 12/18/2017, Sports Hochi 12/18/2017, Sponichi 12/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/18/2017

[UPDATE 12/19 @ 3:31pm]

If Matsuzaka is healthy, the Dragons are interested in giving him a chance. They also think he might help improve fan attendance. If they decide to give him a chance, they will most likely start with a tryout during spring camp next year.

The Dragons would be an interesting option for Matsuzaka because of some old Seibu ties, like Manager Shigekazu Mori (former Ni-gun pitching coach), International Relations Yui Tomori (former teammate), and Scout Yoshio Koyama (former Yokohama HS teammate).

Source: Sanspo 12/19/2017, Sports Hochi 12/19/2017, Daily Sports 12/19/2017

[UPDATE 12/21 @ 2:16am]

The Dragons might give Matsuzaka a tryout before the end of the year and could have a decision before the start of spring camp.

Source: Tokyo Sports 12/20/2017

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