One step closer to Matsuzaka
Some $51.1 million later, Matsuzaka’s bidding rights are exclusive property of the Red Sox. An enormous bid, really, and it just shows you what a premium talented young pitching is.
I love the move by the Sox. They had no clue what the Yankees would bid, so they came up with an enormous offer, and obviously they feel they can make a good deal of the money back in marketing and merchandising, etc.
Theo and Boras will bunker down for a few days and hopefully get a deal done. A rotation of Schilling-Papelbon-Beckett-Matsuzaka-Wakefield could be one of the best in the game.
Just like that, the disappointment of 2006 has faded, and the Red Sox have a potential new star on the horizon. It will be nice to have a little spice once Spring Training begins. It seems like something was missing last year. The whole season had kind of a flat feel to it.
But assuming the Matsuzaka negotiatons are successful, ’07 will have an electric feel to it from the start.
Schilling is entering his final season, Papelbon is going to the rotation, Beckett is trying to bounce back, Wakefield is coming off an injury, and Matsuzaka has lethal stuff. This could be a fun team to watch. I’m looking forward already to the atmosphere of Matsuzaka’s first Fenway start.
Also love how it adds yet another dimension to the Sox-Yankees rivalry. Each team now has a Japanese superstar. Hey, it was Bobby Valentine who referred to Matsuzaka as the Matsui of pitchers.
It cracks me up to hear people worry about the $51 million. Hey, it’s not our money, right? If John Henry laid down the money, obviously he thinks he can afford it. Just sit back and enjoy.
It’s fun to have a hotbutton baseball topic like this in November, especially with the Patriots looking blah and the Celtics producing their worst start since the Wicks-Rowe era.
How many days until pitchers and catchers?