According to ESPN's Gordon Edes and Yahoo!'s Tim Brown, Daisuke Matsuzaka is going to opt for Tommy John surgery to repair a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. If he follows through and goes under the knife, it's quite possible that we've all seen the last of Dice-K in a Red Sox uniform.
The average recovery time following the procedure is between 12-15 months, so under the rosiest scenario, Matsuzaka could be back on the mound after the 2012 All-Star Break. But in my opinion, the Red Sox should end it here and now.
By the time he's ready to return, assuming everything goes according to plan, Boston will have had to find a permanent starting replacement. And since he'll be a free agent after next season, on with a zero percent chance of coming back to the club, there's really no motivation to work him back into the rotation. Adding to the bullpen might be an option, but would it really benefit the Sox?
Dice-K has taken a great deal from this franchise and given precious little in return. I'm not inclined to give him any more opportunities. Let's call it good and go our separate ways, shall we?
In fact, thinking about this being the potential end of Dice-K's Boston tenure got me thinking about the worst signings in Boston history. How does the Matsuzaka deal rank?
Let's find out by going over the team's top 10 worst acquisitions in recent memory.