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.