One rival executive says flatly that the Red Sox could not come up with such a sum for Matsuzka’s Japanese team, the Seibu Lions, within the prescribed 35-day limit.
Sportswriters love stuff like the Matsuzaka posting rumors. So do we bloggers. But we bloggers seem to look at the transaction in a bit less of a vacuum, while guys like Ken Rosenthal can call up their bestest friend in a rival front office and get juicy quotes like the one above and run them without criticism. The conventional writers crank stuff out, apparently with limited access to the internets. Needless to say, Rosenthal does nothing to research whether in fact the claim that the Sox can’t even afford the posting fee might be accurate, so we did it for him. About two seconds of Google research turns up John Henry’s net worth. We also found some estimates of Tom Werner’s. And we can speculate about Theodore Alfond’s (a Sox limited partner). We imagine between the lot of them (and the rest of the LPs) they’ve got something liquid. It would have been nice for Rosenthal to make a stab at debunking the ludicrous claim that the Sox can’t come up with the money. I wonder what front office that quip emanted from. Any guesses?