The New York Mets have been wavering over their fifth starter all off-season long. The team took a chance on signing Japanese veteran Daisuke Matsuzaka to fight for the final spot in the rotation, and while it may not be the most glamorous job, a starting pitcher is always worth a shot in deeper fantasy baseball formats.
Dice-K is currently battling with 24-year-old prospect Jenry Mejia for the fifth spot in New York’s rotation. The team has been stalling on the decision all off-season and they were even forced to give the veteran an extra $100,000 in order to keep him around a little longer.
New York still has some time before officially making the decision, as the team won’t need their fifth starter until April 5th. As a result of the media hype, though, Matsuzaka has drawn a good deal of attention in leagues with over 10 owners this spring and many fantasy owners have become frustrated with the delayed announcement.
Unfortunately, the 33-year-old doesn’t have much fantasy value in 2014. Matsuzaka is far too old to be a reliable fantasy option and it is only a matter of time until he ends up on the shelf. It would be better to roll with the younger Mejia, as he is much more likely to finish the season in the rotation. Fantasy is all about staying power and Matsuzaka isn’t a reliable long-term option.
Even worse, Matsuzaka hasn’t really pitched much lately. He has only throw 121.2 innings over the last three seasons and has combined to tally an embarrassing 6.16 ERA. He has been very unpredictable on the mound and hasn’t proved that he deserves a major league spot.
Matsuzaka isn’t worth owning in any fantasy format, even if he temporarily wins the final rotation spot, so let someone else grab the aging star this spring.