Matsuzaka interested in playing for the Padres

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Matsuzaka interested in playing for the Padres

You can't get much further away from Boston and remain in Major League Baseball than by moving to San Diego. And for Daisuke Matsuzaka -- whose last four or so seasons in Boston could not have seemed a worse match -- that could very well be his next stop.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the free-agent righty is interested in the idea of heading to California's classiest city:

Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose once promising U.S. career was sidetracked by elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, has told members of the Japanese media that he likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego. It seems he liked the city and the ballpark when he pitched at Petco Park in the first World Baseball Classic.

Matsuzaka had a bloated 8.28 ERA in 45 23 innings for the Red Sox last season after coming back from Tommy John surgery and should be available at a pretty low cost.

Something that may pique the Padres' interest: Dice-K has a nice little track record at Petco Park. He was 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in Japan's championship run through the first World Baseball Classic. Petco was the site of the tournament's finals and semifinals.