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By The Sports Xchange February 13, 2013 11:30 AM
The Cleveland Indians signed free-agent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on Wedneday to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invitation to the team's major-league camp in spring training. The signing completes a deal that was reported earlier this week upon completion of a physical. Matsuzaka, 32, struggled last season for the Boston Red Sox after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in June 2011. The right-hander went 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 11 games. "He's in the best shape of his career," Matsuzaka's agent, Scott Boras, said. The former Japanese league standout has a 50-37 record with a 4.53 ERA in 116 major-league games, all with the Red Sox, since 2007. His best seasons were his first two when he went 15-12 and 18-3 in 2007 and 2008. Matsuzaka was the most valuable player in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic with a combined 6-0 record and 1.95 ERA.