That said, re-acquiring Matsuzaka this off-season is "still a possibility," according to a source (Martino, Jan. 14).
The Mets are interested in bringing back Matsuzaka for 2014, Sandy Alderson so much as said during Decemeber. However, other statements indicate Alderson is only interested in signing starting pitching to minor-league deals at this point. It reads like the Japanese report was likely premature. It wouldn't surprise me to see them agree to a deal sooner than later, but it's clear - based on Rubin's report - that things are still being worked out...
Matsuzaka could serve as useful insurance for the rotation. He's a flyball pitcher, which makes him a good fit for Citi Field and the other big parks in the division. He was very effective over his final four starts last season, thanks in large measure to his improved tempo. He also showed outstanding breaking pitches when he had his command, an indication he still had something to offer at this level. Of course, to get a deal done, Matsuzaka would probably have to be willing to accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas, at least to the start of the season.