Daisuke Matsuzaka says his "intentions' are to stay in the Indians'organization, which means the veteran right-hander will start the season in the minors.

GM Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona told Matsuzaka and reliever Matt Capps on Monday that they would not make the opening day roster. They each have the option to become free agents. Capps told the Indians he has not yet made a deicision on his future.

"I have told the Indians that my intentions are to stay in the organization," said Matsuzaka, 32.

Matsuzaka said he came to that decision based on his talks with Antonetti and Francona on Monday.

"In speaking with Tito and Chris this morning, they told me they want me on this club and see me in this club," said Matsuzaka. "They see me as someone who can contribute to this club. Having heard that from them, it definitely made me comfortable about staying here and improving on what I need to improve on so I can make the big league club."