According to AP and other sources (ESPN.com), Daisuke Matsuzaka, Scott Boras, and Red Sox management are all on a plane to Boston. The implication is Matsuzaka is a deal has been reached and he's being brought back for his physical, though technically both sides have till midnight to keep stalling.
Earlier, the rumor was the contract differences were
SOX: 6 years, 8 mil per Matsuzaka: 6 years, 11 mil per
That's a 24 mil difference - wasn't that enough to get the A-Rod deal screwed up? Don't think it'll happen here.
Originally posted by thecubsfanI believe the in flight movie is Mr. Baseball.
I guess it beats Mr. 3000.
Ok seriously, is this guy THAT much of a proven commodity that he (or Scott Boras) thinks he's worth $11 mil a year? And even if he isn't, how can the Sox say no to him in a year that sees Juan Pierre, Gary Matthews Jr., and Ted Lilly getting rewarded for their mediocrity with outrageous contracts that exceed the $10M a year mark?
A dangerous trend is being set in baseball. This is just the icing on the cake.
(edited by It's False on 13.12.06 1131) "That's the thing: Maybe he'll be up and down this season, but when he's up, is there another center in the league quite like him? He protects the rim, passes out of double teams, has great hands around the basket, up-fakes on his jump-hooks, rebounds in traffic, even has a motor that keeps going and going (unlike a stiff like Eddy Curry). I'm not sure what's missing here. This is stunning. This is startling. There's almost no precedent for it. Just what the Lakers needed: More obscenely good luck. Meanwhile, I have to watch Al Jefferson whip jump-hooks off the front of the rim for the third straight season. I will now pour scalding hot water down my pants." -Bill Simmons on Andrew Bynum (11/08/06)
Batista is getting around $9 million and Marques is getting $7 million, so paying Matsuzaka $10-11 and locking him up for 6 years isn't that awful. As an aside, what court would have jurisdiction should a member of the Red Sox front office help Boras get some fresh air at 35,000 feet if the negotiations fell apart?
Originally posted by redsoxnationBatista is getting around $9 million and Marques is getting $7 million, so paying Matsuzaka $10-11 and locking him up for 6 years isn't that awful. As an aside, what court would have jurisdiction should a member of the Red Sox front office help Boras get some fresh air at 35,000 feet if the negotiations fell apart?
Not sure but unless the jury was made up of 12 sports agents I don't think you'd ever get a conviction.
I saw reports it is 6/66 is the final figure. This guy better be good, considering the final cost on him is going to come out to 19.5 million a year when you factor in the posting fee.
I gotta agree that this wasn't the best move in the world for the Pads. Piazza might have one decent year left, but he's much better suited to be on an AL team where he can be a 1B/DH and a second or third catcher.