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Baseball player Matsuzaka offered contract to return to Japan

Baseball player Matsuzaka offered contract to return to Japan

Japanese baseball player Daisuke Matsuzaka has been offered a contract to play for the Yokohama DeNa BayStars.

The deal would see the 32-year-old player return to his home town and would be a coup for the Japanese team, according to 36-year-old club president Jun Ikeda.

Continuously affected by injuries in the last four seasons, he may be interested in returning home from the US in search of a fresh challenge.

Since 2006, Matsuzaka has played for the Boston Red Sox, with a contract worth $52 million (£32.5 million). 

"Our message has reached him and we're making preparations. We can offer a comprehensive appeal, not just money," said the president to Bloomberg Businessweek.

DeNa, Japan's largest social-game operator, purchased the team for 9.5 billion yen (£75 million) from Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Inc.

Ikeda became the youngest club president among the nation's 12 professional baseball teams.

Posted by Mark Smith

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