Fifty Million? Do I Hear Fifty Million?

The BoSox set the market with their bidding for Daisuke Matsuzaka. Now the Hanshin Tigers are licking their chops. Yesterday, they posted Kei Igawa, a 27-year-old lefty and 3-time Japanese league strikeout king, who this season posted a sub 3.00 era. Will the Sox, now that they’re Big Spenders, try to bring in someone for DM to talk to on his off days? Will the Yanks want to give Hideki a countrymate with whom he can discuss the finer points of anime porn? Place those bids, folks! Gavel comes down at 5 o’clock on November 27.

14 comments… add one
  • Did it go totally unnoticed that Tampa Bay won the bidding on the 3B from Japan for under 5 million?

    TJ November 19, 2006, 12:21 am
  • Not totally unnoticed, TJ, but pretty well under the radar.
    Incidentally, YF, Theo Epstein has said the Sox have no interest in Igawa, so that’s one team we can cross off the list.

    Paul SF November 19, 2006, 9:51 am
  • I hope that if the yanks do want him that they don’t make some crazy $20 million bid.
    Does anyone have any information about him and/or his projections?

    jeb November 19, 2006, 11:04 am
  • Maybe Theo’s just playing possum to get the price down. Even the Sox can’t spend 50 million on every guy they want…..

    YF November 19, 2006, 11:20 am
  • The financial aspect of this years free agent market is rapidly spinning out of control. Lots of teams need pitching, many are looking for power hitting run producers, the pickin’s aren’t the greatest, baseball is awash in revenue, and the Red Sox poured gasoline on the fire with that quaint little bid for Matsuzaka.
    Igawa is rather intriguing, but there’s that posting fee again, on top of the contract, and who knows what you’ll get.
    In retrospect, what a bargain the Mariners got with Ichiro, with their approximate 13 mil. bid and 13 mil. initial 3 yr. contract. An MVP hitting, base stealing extraordinaire, perennial Gold Glover with a rocket arm.
    As for the Yankee’s options, a large part of me would like to see them, rather than overpay for the starting pitching mediocrities available, try to come up with a rotation from what they now have. Pencil in Wang and Mussina, and after that, hope RJ bounces back after surgery, hope that Pavano does something, anything, to earn some of that 40 mil, and see what Karstens, Rasner, Sanchez, Proctor and possibly Hughes, later in the season if he’s doing well at AAA, can do.
    If nothing worked out and the Yanks struggled, something could be done at the trade deadline, and if we would happen to fall to 2nd or 3rd in the division, oh well, it would suck, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Better options would present themselves down the road than what is available this year.
    Having said this, I’ll be surprised if Cashman doesn’t come up with one of the ho-hum, soon to be overpayed starters that are floating around out there.

    Anonymous November 19, 2006, 12:26 pm
  • That would be me, directly above.

    whatever November 19, 2006, 12:29 pm
  • ” … and if we would happen to fall to 2nd or 3rd in the division, oh well, it would suck, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.”
    Given the maelstrom we saw when the Yankees lost in the first round of the playoffs, I think a 2nd- or 3rd-place, non-playoff finish would not be greeted with such equanimity in most portions of the Yankee universe.

    Paul SF November 19, 2006, 3:37 pm
  • Probably not Paul. But sometimes you have to endure some growing pains. i.e.: letting your young pitchers develop.

    whatever November 19, 2006, 5:46 pm
  • …most of the “maelstrom” came from you sox fans paul, who were salivating at the thought that yank fans would be at the end of their rope despite winning 9 straight divisions…we are not all GeoSt…even though you try to paint us that way…whatever’s point is that even if the yanks have to take a step back for a year to let the free agent smoke clear and retool with smarter acquisitions and youth, so be it…we may be starting to learn the lesson that money isn’t the only answer…it will be a bummer, but the yanks have been through worse in their history…and you all seem to think it’s a virtuous philosophy when theo’s the one preaching it…

    dc November 19, 2006, 8:37 pm
  • whatever’s point is that even if the yanks have to take a step back for a year to let the free agent smoke clear and retool with smarter acquisitions and youth, so be it…we may be starting to learn the lesson that money isn’t the only answer…it will be a bummer, but the yanks have been through worse in their history…and you all seem to think it’s a virtuous philosophy when theo’s the one preaching it…
    Wait! A week ago you called us “sheep” for buying into the philosophy of smart spending, and as soon as an hour ago you banished us once again for not giving Damon an overpriced contract!
    Which is it DC? Spend money wisely on young pitchers and leave guys on the downside alone, or label us “sheep” if we do it?
    Suddenly, taking a step back and dealing with a bad year makes sense? When the Red Sox didn’t push harder for Abreu, or when they didn’t sign Damon, or any other rash of moves that lead up to today, it was stupid, but now it’s only a “bummer” but a smart move?

    Brad November 19, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • …brad, i guess i shouldn’t be surprised that you missed the point whatever and i were trying to make…the yankees may be starting to learn the lesson that it doesn’t make sense to overspend [as has been the yanks habit in the past] for inferior or suspect free agent talent in a relatively weak free agent market, when we may be able to acquire better talent through development and trades [don’t be surprised if the yanks turn around some of that young talent recently acquired in a big trade this off-season]…the calculated risk [minimal, so i don’t worry] is that we may not finish in the money for the first time in about 12 years, which may also be the case if we acquire lesser, more expensive, free agent talent…
    …and yes, you are sheep for buying into a philosophy that favors resting on your laurels, and perpetuates losing…the sheep point was that theo did absolutely nothing at the trade deadline to improve a team that still had a chance, instead allowing you fans and the team to twist in the wind…abreau helped us win the division by the way…
    …look, you won 1, not 2, or 3 in a row…so get some perspective…it remains to be seen if $51.1 + $50 is a wise investment and not just throwing money at a problem, so don’t insult me by suggesting you guys are all about your minor league system…time will tell, but for year #1 damon’s contract was not overpriced, and he hardly looked like one of those guys on his downside, a guy like veratek, for example…name 1 team besides yours that wouldn’t have wanted damon in their lineup this year…

    dc November 19, 2006, 11:47 pm
  • at a four year 12 per contract? Every single one of them. Also, good job on twising things around once again.
    You say sheep, we say smart. You say getting Abreu was a great idea, but people much smarter than you or I did not, and by the way Abreu’s worth will be relative when he reverts back to Philly form this year.
    Also, Varitek was hurt all year, and played that way so let’s not jump to claim him done or too old because I made that mistake with Posada last year, and was dead wrong.
    I love how since the Yankees didn’t win DM, or sign Zito yet they’re all the sudden a new franchise with different plilosophy. All they’ve done is rid themselves of a pain in the ass, and not signed anyone by thanksgiving. My guess is they still grossly overpay for Zito or another SP, and for your sake, you better hope they do.
    Also, Plummer sucks.

    Brad November 19, 2006, 11:55 pm
  • …oh brad, i didn’t twist things around…it only seems that way when i get the best of you…
    …if “smart” is deliberately allowing a team that had a chance to win, to instead twist in the wind and ultimately finish in 3rd place and out of the playoffs, then you’re right in calling me stupid, ’cause i don’t get it…
    …unless you’re psychic, neither of us know how abreau will do this coming year, just like we don’t know which beckett will show up…abreau did help the yanks get to the playoffs, which is the primary reason they got him, no denying that…mgmt thinks he will help again next year, despite those “smart” people you say that think he won’t…
    …isn’t veratek about the same age as the old guy, damon?…fact: catchers age faster than other position players…posada’s good year this year is no guarantee that his age won’t catch up to him next year…
    …i don’t necessarily think the yanks have a new philosophy…i was simply musing [hopefully] that they may be taking a step back, and not be so quick to pay filet mignon prices for hamburger, but i’m probably wrong, and what should i care, not my money, and they’ll be criticized either way…
    …and,if you do some homework instead of lashing out, you’ll see that i had nothing but praise and good wishes for sf’s on the apparent landing of the big prize this year, DM…i also said my gut tells me he is the “real deal”, and i wish the yanks had the inside track, but the fact remains that it’s an awful lot of money [perhaps “gross” to use your verbiage], and therefore a big risk…considering the yanks are a team that “grossly overspends”, i haven’t heard why you think their bid [rumored to be in the 30’s] was so low relative to the sox…

    dc November 20, 2006, 12:37 am
  • I’m with whatever. I hope the Yanks try and piece 2007 together largely with what they’ve got now. If that means no playoffs but a strong position for 2008 and beyond, SO BE IT.
    The market is *insane* right now.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) November 20, 2006, 10:23 am

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