There is still some magic to the name Daisuke Matsuzaka; still some value to being able to advertise “Dice-K” on the marquee.

Don’t for a moment think the Mets’ front-office decision-makers don’t recognize that. Of course they do. Surely that was a significant consideration in the decision to sign Matsuzaka on Thursday for the remainder of the season after he had been granted his requested release by the Cleveland organization.

This is a no-risk move with a potentially moderate reward for a Mets team in need of a starter to fill a gap in the rotation created within the last week when both Jenrry Mejia and Jeremy Hefner were diagnosed with season-ending arm injuries.

No one is under the illusion Matsuzaka — who had spent this year with the Indians’ Triple-A Columbus affiliate following an ignominious final season in Boston during which he went 1-8 with an 8.28 ERA — will recapture the glory of his time in Japan or of his first couple of seasons in the majors with the Red Sox.

Indeed both general manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins volunteered several times during press briefings before Matsuzaka went to the Citi Field mound against the Tigers neither expected the soon-to-be 33-year-old right-hander “to be what he was.”

Matsuzuka is the equivalent of a seat-holder. The front office wouldn’t mind in the slightest if he is a seat-filler in the alternate sense by drawing some people to the stands over the final five weeks of what likely will be the franchise’s fifth straight losing season.

Matsuzaka surrendered five runs on six hits including a pair of mammoth homers to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera over the first two innings before settling down masterfully thereafter retiring the final 10 batters he faced in the Mets’ 6-1 defeat.

“That convinced me I can keep major league hitters off the bases” said Matsuzaka who admitted to being “a little excited” and “a little nervous” at the start.