December 13, 2006

AVOID SCOTTY LIKE A PSYCLONE RANGER:

Matsuzaka deal full speed ahead: Pitcher, Boras flying to Hub with Sox (Michael Silverman, 12/13/06, Boston Herald)

On Tuesday night, the Red Sox received their first official offer from Matsuzaka, a six-year deal worth $11 million a year. That offer came after the Red Sox had made their second offer, at $8 million per year for six years.

Funny how fast he went from Roger Clemens to Gil Meche as the deadline approached and they realized the Sox held all the aces.


MORE:
Done deal (Jon Heyman, 12/13/06, SI.com)

Daisuke Matsuzaka has reached a deal with the Boston Red Sox for six years, $52 million, a source close to the negotiations has told SI.com. [...]

Both sides agreed that Matsuzaka was worth at least $100 million over six years in a free-agent situation.


Giving Theo the two best deals of the winter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 13, 2006 2:11 PM
Comments

Aieeeeeeeeeee. Baseball talk at Christmas.

Posted by: erp at December 13, 2006 3:01 PM

"Giving Theo the two best deals of the winter."

Tee-hee. I know you're just yanking our chain, and off-line are shaking your head, but your on-line persona IS pretty funny. JD Drew for $14M/yr for 5 years, and a Japanese pitcher who is as likely to be the next Irabu as to be the next Ichiro, for $17-18M/yr for 6 years. Note that yesterday you were claiming that he'll only be your #4 starter! Too, too funny.

Posted by: b at December 13, 2006 4:16 PM

b: It is quite simple. When it looked like he wasn't coming to Boston, he stunk. Now that he is signing, the magic transformation has occurred.

Posted by: Bob at December 13, 2006 4:34 PM

They're paying him 5th starter money. He's obviously a better signing than Ted Lilly, Gil Meche, etc..

Posted by: oj at December 13, 2006 4:43 PM

No. They're paying $17-18.5M/yr, with a healthy chunk of that going to his old club. That's ace money. So far the Carpenter contract is hands down the "best deal" of the offseason.

Look, if you want to say "Drew & D-Mat make the sox better, and money is just not an issue. So we can ludicrously overpay and still have the moves be great," then there's a case to be made there. But to pretend that this is some sort of brilliant financial strategery from Theo is incoherent and utterly divorced from reality.

Posted by: b at December 13, 2006 5:21 PM

Alas, The Rogue State takes another hostage.

Posted by: Sducks at December 13, 2006 5:46 PM

six years, $52 million

Posted by: oj at December 13, 2006 6:14 PM

Plus $51.1 million.

Posted by: b at December 13, 2006 6:15 PM

there is no $51 million, that's not how posting works.

The Drew signing obviously makes the Sox much better. He's their best RF since Dewey. Matsuzaka is a crap shoot and your 5th starter rarely makes you much better. They'd do just as well to sign Joel Piniero. But you're paying him too little for it to matter.

Posted by: oj at December 13, 2006 6:21 PM

What the heck are you talking about, "there is no $51 million"?

Posted by: b at December 13, 2006 6:25 PM

MLB teams cut deals with the Japanese owners so that they only ever pay a fraction of the posting fee. They also work out development deals and other relationships with the teams to give them presence in Japan.

Posted by: oj at December 13, 2006 7:09 PM

Got anything even vaguely approximating a reputable source for that?

Posted by: b at December 13, 2006 7:28 PM

It's notorious. Ichiro's team kicked back most of a much lower fee.

Posted by: oj at December 13, 2006 8:04 PM

Kickbacks?
Typical Rogue State behavior.
Next step? Arms of mass destruction.

Posted by: Sducks at December 13, 2006 8:26 PM

think the Yankees are really going to pay $25 million for that scrub they posted?

Posted by: oj at December 13, 2006 8:59 PM

Yes. Just as I believe The Rogue State will pay its bill. Both teams will have sufficient opportunities to generate ample economic returns from their respective investments.

I agree, however, that The Rogue State has procured a better baseball prospect.

Posted by: Sducks at December 13, 2006 9:24 PM

If no one else ever has why would the two most powerful franchises be the ones to start?

Posted by: oj at December 13, 2006 9:28 PM

Because Bud says they will, which is of course laughable yet irrelevant. In fact you have already identified some of the many ways by which judiciously applied accounting strategies will deliver the requisite economic returns. Rogue States and evolving empires are good at that stuff.

Posted by: Sducks at December 13, 2006 9:58 PM
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