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Monday November, 13 2006.
Red Sox Win Matsuzaka Bid
By mvyb, 21:44

Three days after ESPN reported that Boston had won the Matsuzaka sweepstakes, the rest of the baseball world caught on.
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The Boston Red Sox have won negotiating rights for Japanese League star Daisuke Matsuzaka, SI.com has confirmed.

The Seibu Lions have until Tuesday to decide whether to accept the bid, and it is expected they will announce they are accepting it on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET in a joint press conference with the Major League Baseball office. After the announcement, the Red Sox will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Matsuzaka, a star right-handed pitcher. It is likely they'll be able to come to an agreement, but if they can't, the Red Sox will hold onto their bid money and Matsuzaka would return to Japan for at least another year.

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According to this article, the Red Sox bid could be as high as $50 million dollars! Remember, this is the team which last year 
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Give me a break...
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Now, there is an interesting thing to note here. If the Sox can't afford to sign Matsuzaka, then he'd return to Japan for a year. He'd be out of the Yankees' reach during the 2007 season. This would be a clever move for Boston, but only effective for one year. As soon as Matsuzaka's Japanese contract expires ( in '08), the doors are back open for the Yankees.
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Are the Sox this desperate to keep Matsuzaka out of New York? Or do they seriously plan on spending $80-$90 million dollars to get a pitcher (with no major league experience) in to a Boston uniform?
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We'll find out soon enough...
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Now, how does this effect the Yankees? Well, as much as I hate to see a good pitcher in the hands of the Red Sox, I'm not that upset that New York lost out on the sweepstakes... I know a lot of Yankee fans had their hearts set on Matsuzaka, but ask yourself, is he really worth the risk? Why not go after someone who you know will be solid ( like Zito or Clemens)? Spending $90 million+ on someone who has no major league experience, seems just a bit silly to me.
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Or maybe I'm just trying to find the silver lining to this cloud...

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