Will Matsuzaka be fitted for Sox?
Did the Red Sox win the bidding on Daisuke Matsuzaka? There’s no real way to know until MLB is given clearance to announce it. Once the Seibu Lions officially accept the winning bid, whomever it may be from, MLB will follow quickly with an announcement. Then the winning bidder would have 30 days to strike a deal with Scott Boras.
Even Buster Olney, the fine ESPN reporter and blogger extraordinaire who came out with today’s report, can’t say for certain if it was the Red Sox who won the bidding. This is a top secret story with the officials involved, and for understandible reasons. Heck, the Lions themselves don’t even know who made the top bid, as all the bids were blind.
If the Red Sox do get Matsuzaka, it would surely send a jolt through New England not felt since Schilling came on board in Thanksgiving of 2003. I just got back from Japan, and heard nothing but glowing things about Matsuzaka’s ability. Bobby Valentine calls him the Hideki Matsui of pitchers. This guy has a collection of pitches, including 95-MPH heat, a wicked slider, a forktball and a curve.
Say the Red Sox get Matsuzaka. They will suddenly have a pipeline in Japan. And the way Japan is coming on as a baseball country, that would be a very, very good thing.
Also, keeping Matsuzaka away from the Yankees could be huge in the AL East. Would the Yankees then break the bank for Zito?
Imagine for a second a rotation of Schilling-Matsuzaka-Papelbon-Beckett-Wakefield with Lester ready to step in at some point.
That will warm any Sox fan up on a cold winter day. So buckle up, and wait for the official word.