The Indians, looking for help in the starting rotation, have signed right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league deal pending a physical.

Matsuzaka, 32, will make $1.5 million in base salary if he makes the club. Incentives could bump his salary to $4 million.

Last year Matsuzaka went 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA in 11 starts for Boston. He opened the season in the minors because of Tommy John surgery on his right elbow the previous season. Matsuzaka went 1-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 starts in the minors before rejoining the Red Sox in June.

Matsuzaka, a pitching legend in Japan, owns a 50-37 record in the big leagues. He joined the Red Sox from Japan in 2007. His best season came in 2008 when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 29 starts.