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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Red Sox - Signed Matsuzaka
Boston Red Sox - Have reportedly signed P Daisuke Matsuzaka to a 6-year, $52 million contract.
This contract also has escalator clauses that could make Matsuzaka an additional $8 million. Everybody wins here - Matsuzaka gets to come to the US and become damn rich and the Red Sox pay roughly $16 million a year for Matsuzaka, which they’d be willing to do if he were simply a free agent. It was kind of anticlimactic, what with the thundering from both sides for 3 weeks, all the various Seibu kickback/bad faith scenarios. In the end, they take a plane ride and, somewhere over fly-over country, meet in the middle.
So much for the OMG SCOTT BORAS IS MOST EVIL PERSON EVER HE’S SECRETLY STASHED DICE K IN AN UNDERGROUND BUNKER IN SHACKLES WHILE HE SENDS COMMUNIQUES TO THE RED SOX DEMANDING A BILLION DOLLARS OR HE’LL USE THE OMEGA-DOOMSDAY LASER DEVICE TO DISINTEGRATE BOSTON AND JACOBY ELLSBURY stuff that some of Red Sox Nation has been floating around.
All said, the Red Sox are getting the most valuable commodity on the open market this offseason. Yes, he has no experience above AAAA Japan, but he translates as well as Oswalt did coming up and very few pitching prospects have numbers that translate as well as Matsuzaka’s. I’m not including the extra toys - we just don’t have a lot of experience with starting pitchers from Japanese leagues.
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