According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Daisuke Matsuzaka has an interest in pitching in San Diego with the Padres. The 32-year-old Matsuzaka, who is a free agent, is coming off a 2012 season with the Red Sox in which he returned from Tommy John surgery to a 1-7 mark with an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts.
The report states that Matsuzaka has told members of the Japanese media that he would welcome the opportunity to restart his career in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, where he performed during the first World Baseball Classic. Evidently, the righty pitcher said money wouldn’t hold up a deal.
Of course he would love to pitch in a park with 700ft. fences. A place that "robbed" Adrian Gonzalez of a dozen-or-so homers each season. Every pitcher would love to call a stadium like Petco Park home. The only problem is, Dice-K would be pitching for the Padres.
The Padres will not be giving Daisuke many runs in support. The huge park won't be much of a help to the record he will be trying to improve on. There may be a positive in this for Dice-K, he may be able to hold opponents to 24 homers a season instead of 25.