Michael Silverman surmises that Larry Lizard’s arrival in Japan could mean an attempt by the Sox to renegotiate their bid with Seibu:
"An example of what Lucchino and the Lions representatives could have discussed is a scenario where, for example, the Red Sox are unwilling to move beyond an average annual salary of $9 million. If an acceptable middle ground of $11 million per year for, say, five years would get the Matsuzaka deal done, the Lions could subtract $10 million coming to them from the Red Sox in order to bridge the gap."
If permitted, and Silverman writes that this kind of dealing is part of the spirit of the bidding agreement, then more power to the Sox. It just strikes me as an odd thing to be able to do. I guess the amount they can renegotiate is limited to a certain extent. If the Sox tried to reduce the bid to a number below $38 million (the Mets’ second place bid), couldn’t Seibu ask to start negotiations with the Metropolitans? Or wouldn’t it be viewed as a bad-faith gesture on the part of Boston? Or, perhaps, all major league clubs understood this post-bid process when they calculated their eventual proposed bids? And each bid was intended to be above the actual number they would pay Seibu in the end. Anyway, it seemed weird to me. But I’m the last person who should be writing about the business of baseball. Just was wondering if anyone else found it too good to be true for the Sox.