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Matsuzaka's contract was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets paid Matsuzaka $100K Tuesday, preserving the right to send him to the minors, and buying the team time to decide if Matsuzaka or Jenrry Mejia opens the year as the team's fifth starter, ESPN New York reports.
Matsuzaka, attempting to solidify his hold on the fifth starter spot, allowed one earned in six-plus innings Monday.
Matsuzaka and Jenrry Mejia are believed to be in a dead heat in the competition to be the Mets' fifth starter, Newsday's Marc Craig reports.
Matsuzaka solidified his hold on the fifth starter spot Thursday, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four in 3.2 innings against the Nationals, ESPN New York reports.
Matsuzaka allowed one run in two innings in his spring training debut against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Matsuzaka signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, MLB.com reports.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has expressed some interest in bringing back Matsuzaka, JapanBall.com reports.
Matsuzaka officially became a free agent Thursday morning after the World Series ended the previous evening, ESPN New York reports.