The Boston Herald today on the Matsuzaka negotiations:
The Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka still have nearly three weeks to come to terms on a contract, but preliminary indications are that the sides may have to overcome an initial gap as wide as the Pacific Ocean.
Riiiiight. Sources tell Massarotti that Boras is seeking roughly double what the Sox initially proposed. Using quick-and-easy math, that figures to roughly $7M/$14M or $8M/$16M — or exactly what we thought each side was seeking. So not exactly "oceans apart" as the headline says? Gotcha.
Is it really necessary for Tony Massarotti to doom-and-gloom up a story when simply adding context would actually serve the reader?