He's one of the better pitchers in Japan, and has been touted as the hardest throwing. He's only 24. May be a thing for the Yanks to check out and sign him to a Minor League contract and have him in the minors for a year and then bring him up. Here's some info on him.
http://rotoworld.com/content/story.a...B&storyid=58574. Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP, Seibu Lions. Gary Denbo, a former Yankees hitting coach and now hitting coach for the Nippon Ham Fighters, said the 23-year-old "is probably the No. 1 starter in our league and is a potential No. 2 or 3 starter in the major leagues." He's a power pitcher (his fastball reaches about 94 mph) who mixes in a slider, changeup and curve. Last year, he won 16 games and struck out 215.
Potential imports - Daisuke Matsuzaka (RHP), Koji Uehara (RHP)
Matsuzaka and Uehara are among the very best pitchers in Japan, and both have dropped hints that they’d like to jump the majors. If it happens this winter, it’s safe to assume the Yankees and Mariners will be among the teams that get into the bidding. Matsuzaka, who turns 24 in two weeks, is the harder thrower of the two, combining a low-90s fastball with a splitter and slider. Uehara, 29, may want to reunite with former Giants teammate Hideki Matsui in New York.
His stats since 1999:
Thoughts? Or should the Yanks be done with Japanese import pitchers?