New Week, Old Story

The weekend’s over. It’s Monday morning. We’re that much closer to talking about something other than Daisuke Matsuzaka.

But we’re not there yet.

The winner of the Daisuke Matsuzaka sweepstakes will be known in the States by Monday, people involved in the discussions told SI.com. While the winning team has been kept quiet, one person in the know suggested there were multiple bids in the $30 million range, and perhaps even a little higher.

The Seibu Lions are expected to accept a posting fee for Matsuzaka that should trump their lofty expectations. ESPN.com reported that the Red Sox bid between $38-45 million, and some competing executives are taking the lack of denial of this story by MLB people as a sign Boston is indeed the high bidder — even if those figures are slightly off. While industry scuttlebutt had Boston’s bid at "close to $40 million,” one person indicated the reported $38-45 million range was "not correct.” But if Boston’s bid was just a million or two lower than that range, it’s still hard to see someone else landing Matsuzaka. It is believed that both the Mets and Yankees bid closer to the $30 million neighborhood.

Either I’m going to be very happy in the next 24 hours, or someone in MLB is having a grand ol’ time stringing everyone along.

7 comments… add one
  • It’s 14 hours later in Japan — almost 11 pm as I write this. Whassup with the Seibu Lions that they can’t let us know the dealio?
    Did the highest bidder make a conditional bid?

    john November 13, 2006, 8:50 am
  • Many possibilities:
    The Seibu BoD has to meet and approve, and who knows the logistics of convening all these people. I also imagine this isn’t a cut and dry issue. They have to decide if it’s a legit offer (if the winning team intends to negotiate in good faith is one issue). They have to do it under Japanese cultural mores so that honor and respect are paid to all parties, including the player, the team, and the offering team. Perhaps they are allowing the winning team a window to work out a contract, so that the signing and posting can be announced in sequence, and so that Seibu knows the posting fee is theirs. There are lots of reasons that the announcement is taking a good deal of time.
    They have until tomorrow afternoon, eastern time, to decide.

    SF November 13, 2006, 8:59 am
  • The Globe’s blog this morning reports that MLB is saying the BoD will meet at 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday morning Japan time), and that MLB will make an announcement as soon as there is an announcement to make. So sometime tonight, it looks like.
    I’ve seen several people say that not only does Seibu feel pressure to make this look like a hard decision to save face with ther fans, but that Japanese culture allows EVERYONE who might be involved (and who knows how many board members might want to say something) to have their say.

    Paul SF November 13, 2006, 9:05 am
  • In other news: Possible Sox 3b target Aramis Ramirez has signed a relatively ginormous contract to remain with the Cubs. I’m sure the Boston interest didn’t hurt his cause.

    YF November 13, 2006, 9:59 am
  • “Japanese culture allows EVERYONE who might be involved (and who knows how many board members might want to say something) to have their say.”
    They’re trying to figure out the proper translation of: “Alright you motherstickers, this is a f**k-up!” ;)

    Andrews November 13, 2006, 10:16 am
  • Correction: ” Alright you motherf**kers, this is a stick-up!”

    Andrews November 13, 2006, 10:18 am
  • Ramirez certainly was the youngest and most attractive of the free agents on the market.
    Also in other news: the Iwamura bidding has closed. Answer by Friday on who won that. The Sox very likely made a bid in that one too.

    Paul SF November 13, 2006, 11:03 am

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