While those of us in the Central time zone were on lunch break, the expected — but oh so tenuous — took place. The Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka apparently reached an agreement.
“You can assume that a deal is done or close,” said one source with direct knowledge of the talks.
Team owner John W. Henry confirmed that Boras and Matsuzaka were flying back with the team, writing in an e-mail to the Associated Press: "They all took off together." Team president Larry Lucchino said shortly after noon EST that the plane was leaving California.
If the numbers the Herald quoted earlier are accurate, the Red Sox not only forced Boras to move further in negotiations than they did, they also forced him to accept their deadline. It seems to be a win for the Red Sox all the way around — not least of which because they’re going to have a starting rotation that will rank among the best in the league.