Daisuke Matsuzaka's goal is to sign with a major league club for 2013, his agent said Thursday.
Scott Boras, the agent who negotiated a mega deal between Matsuzaka and the Red Sox after the 2006 season, said at Major League Baseball's general managers meetings that his client desired to continue his career in the majors.
The agent indicated the San Diego Padres were one of the major league clubs that have expressed interest in Matsuzaka, who was 1-7 this season with an 8.28 ERA in 11 games a year after coming off ligament transplant surgery in his right elbow.
The 32-year-old free agent won his first World Baseball Classic MVP Award after Japan defeated Cuba in the 2006 final at the Padres' home park. Matsuzaka was also the MVP in 2013, when Japan repeated as champion.
Matsuzaka has a career major league record of 50-37 with a 4.52 ERA. His best big league season was 2008, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 167-2/3 innings.
Japan's DeNA BayStars have been hoping to bring Matsuzaka to Yokohama, where he became an icon as the dominant ace of Yokohama High School.