December 13, 2006

Herald: 6/48 v. 6/66

Michael Silverman, Herald, 4:03 AM:
The Red Sox' latest offer to Matsuzaka is six years for $8 million. Matsuzaka has counter-offered with six years for $11 million and that is the deal the Red Sox are weighing heading into the early hours of Wednesday morning. ...

[B]oth sides are becoming more adamant about how they are willing to walk away from this deal, and this is after the Red Sox got their face to face meeting, however brief, with Matsuzaka Tuesday night.
If Silverman's "plugged-in" sources are correct, we finally have some concrete numbers from both sides. (And we see that Boras has (or has been told to) backed off of two demands: a short 3-year deal and close to $20 per.)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not a very sophisticated negotiator, but this sounds to me like they're close enough to get something done. Or is that just my wishful thinking?

Peter N said...

6 at $11mil???? I thought Boras's demands would be for more. If that is accurate, it should get done! But it's late, nearing 11am east coast. Wow..you floored me!! For real....

Peter N said...

I so agree with you Timmy!!!!!

redsock said...

Mike Plugh at Matsuzaka Watch:

"Asahi Television's evening news was just reporting on the big story, and had a man on the street in LA covering the wee morning beat on the Matsuzaka front. The LA reporter indicated that the Red Sox had in fact increased their offer, Boras seemed relieved, and the decision was now up to Matsuzaka about what he wants to do."

Woti-woti said...

If Boras has finally countered then they're close enough to split the difference. It's also moved beyond Theo's pay grade. Pay the man, JWH.

Anonymous said...

If this report is true, why not go: 8, 8, 10, 10, 12, 12. Meet in the middle at 6/60. Add some incentives that could make it 6/66-6/72. You'd have two cheaper years until Manny/Schilling/Lowell/Clement, etc. come off the books. You might avoid the luxury tax too.

Jere said...

Dice is on the plane!

Anonymous said...

What Jere said: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2696321

Yeah!

Zenslinger said...

Yeaaaaaaah!

Six years is massive if it's true. Given this year's salaries, $12m/year is my personal limit.

Let's not expect too much from him in the first year. Well, that's my rational side speaking. Emotional expectations are through the roof for me, but I'm a Japanophile.