Larry Luchino In Japan..TODAY!
From the Globe, just now, and a quick comment from the ever improving Peter. I'm baaack.........this is big...here we go...
TOKYO -- "The Red Sox have made an offer to pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka that Boston president Larry Lucchino describes as "fair" and "comprehensive."
Lucchino, in Tokyo on Tuesday after meeting with representatives of Matsuzaka's Seibu Lions, said the Red Sox have taken the next step toward signing the Japanese star.
"We have sent a formal offer to Matsuzaka and his agent Scott Boras," Lucchino said. "I believe it is fair and comprehensive, and offers a great deal of security and a substantial level of compensation."
Boston bid $51.1 million for the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka, who was the MVP of last spring's World Baseball Classic. The team has until the end of Dec. 14 to sign him.
“We are hopeful the negotiations process will complete itself fairly quickly, but knowing human nature we have a 30-day period," Lucchino said.
"One of the reasons we came here was to make clear to the Japanese baseball community, to Seibu and to the Matsuzaka fans that we are determined to sign Matsuzaka-san."
In his meetings with Seibu officials, Lucchino said he discussed the possibility of the Red Sox and the Lions forming a long-term "working relationship.""
Peter here, and this is JUST the sort of positive news, anything positive, that we needed to hear. I was beginning to fear the worst, but then again, LL knows how to spin things. And the lack of a responding comment from Boras(s)...????The Sox, if they are determined to sign JDD, should make it a two in one deal with the money hungry Boras(s)...we'll see. But this could be simple face-saving by Lucchino...I do not trust him to shine my shoes. Ever.