Waiting …

From the Globe’s blog this morning:

By now the Seibu Lions have likely been informed by major league baseball on the amount of the highest bid on Daisuke Matsuzaka among the handful of teams that submitted blind bids by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

All signs are the Red Sox are one of the teams that submitted sealed bids, along with the Yankees, Mets, Cubs, and Rangers. They have consistently been the teams mentioned in the hunt for the 26-year-old right-hander, who went 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 200 strikeouts for the Seibu Lions last season.

Yet even late Wednesday night, Sox general manager Theo Epstein declined comment on any aspect of where the Red Sox stand, per order of the commissioner’s office, which has put a gag order on teams from discussing any aspect of the bidding process. Epstein would not answer if he knew what Boston’s status was.

The Sox are also said to be in on Yakult Swallows third baseman Akinori Iwamura. The bidding on him closes on Friday.

I’d like to see the Sox get Iwamura. I have doubts Lowell will match the production we saw from him this season (he never really matched his April and May production), and winning Iwamura makes Lowell a prime trading chip for pitching (to San Diego for Linebrink? I could do that).

Otherwise, the countdown is on for whenever we hear what the winning bid is, and who made it. Will leaks outpace the formal announcement? Let’s hope so. Post your juicy rumors here.

12 comments… add one
  • Go Yankees?

    Lar November 9, 2006, 10:39 am
  • A little birdie told me that the Secretary of Defense might be resigning.
    Oh, wait…

    SF November 9, 2006, 10:48 am
  • Yeah, SF, I hear the Democrats might win control of Congress, too…

    Paul SF November 9, 2006, 10:49 am
  • As far as Lowell for Linebrink goes, I think the Padres trading Barfield to the Indians for Kouzmanoff and Brown yesterday effectively killed that idea. All signs point to them giving Kouz the first crack at the starting job and moving Linebrink to Atlanta for Marcus Giles.

    Quo November 9, 2006, 11:03 am
  • A little birdie told me that Britney decided against picking up KF’s option.

    attackgerbil November 9, 2006, 11:03 am
  • Nice one, attackgerbil.

    Devine November 9, 2006, 2:34 pm
  • The suspense is killing me.

    Lar November 9, 2006, 5:25 pm
  • …i’ll bet the sox didn’t even turn in a bid…the beantown spin machine’s in overdrive trying to convince sf’s that they’re in the game…
    “…I have doubts Lowell will match the production we saw from him this season (he never really matched his April and May production), and winning Iwamura makes Lowell a prime trading chip…”
    …uh, consistently inconsistent…how is he a prime trading chip if he can’t achieve this year’s production unless somebody is in the market for an average 3B who fizzles in the 2nd half?…

    dc November 10, 2006, 12:57 am
  • Some people are saying the Rangers might have the top bid. Damn Hicks.

    Lar November 10, 2006, 11:51 am
  • Hicks and Boras, sitting in a tree…
    Seriously, does Hicks have Stockholm Syndrome?

    SF November 10, 2006, 12:27 pm
  • The Rangers — a team who needs more than just one starter to contend and is not named the Yankees — are my second choice behind the Red Sox.
    I would not be unhappy if Texas won the bidding. ABY — Anyone But the Yankees.

    Paul SF November 10, 2006, 12:50 pm
  • And now it’s Sox’s turn:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2656687
    All these rumours!

    Lar November 10, 2006, 1:30 pm

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