Other People's Thoughts About "Our" DMat.....
Hello again..and this article is from the Springfield, Missouri paper...today, Sunday...It expresses some of the amazement/ridicule of the Sox's offer for the negotiation rights to DMat....read on...you'll like!! I promise...........
Chicago — "Ken Williams jokes about wanting to "post" one of his veteran starting pitchers, not trade him. Paul Godfrey, the Toronto Blue Jays' chief operating officer, says he and others were stunned at Boston's $51.1 million bid for the rights to Japanese ace Daisuke Matsuzaka.
"That's a ridiculous sum to pay out for the right to bargain," Godfrey told the Toronto Star. "To me, it makes zero sense."Matsuzaka, pitched hard by the Lions this year, is a workhorse with great stuff. He's the same kind of unknown Ichiro Suzuki was before he performed the Rookie of the Year/Most Valuable Player double for Seattle in 2001.
With Matsuzaka joining a starting rotation that includes Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield and Jonathan Papelbon (with Matt Clement in reserve), the Red Sox appear to be a good bet to get back into the playoffs.
Scott Boras, who represents Matsuzaka, and the Red Sox have vowed to keep negotiations quiet. The pitcher visited the U.S. last week, but the only business he did was in Beaverton, Ore., at the Nike headquarters.
Most executives believe Boras would like to sign Matsuzaka for only three or four years. But would Matsuzaka return to Japan rather than sign for five or six years? Probably not.
If the Red Sox wound up giving up $12 million a year for five years, that would be a total commitment of $111.1 million — a little more than $22 million a year.
Yes, that's a ton of money to pay a pitcher, but Boston will be getting a dominant one."
Peter here, chomping on the proverbial bit to get a word in. Or two. OK...ready? DOMINANT? He may very well be, ala Petey Martinez.I'll come right out and say he WILL be. But that's my Red Sox beating heart talking. The money spent, just to start the negotiations with Scott Boras, was a hefty sum, but the first VITAL step that the Boston Red Sox had to do to acquire the best pitcher on the market in this off-season of 2006-2007. Will we sign him? That's a given. Will we enjoy watching him every fifth day. You bet your lives! Again, thanks. Why? Just for being here........my love shines for you.