It's been 10 days since the Red Sox made their initial offer to Scott Boras regarding Daisuke Matsuzaka, and they have yet to receive a response.
"[F]rustrated Sox officials were privately wondering whether the player was aware that Boras so far had not made a counter-offer." ... 10 days is 1/3 of the total negotiating window. Weekend talks between the Sox and Boras were "limited and unproductive". I'll bet.
Edes held an online chat today. Two points of interest: Boras told Japanese reporters that Matsuzaka would meet with the media tonight. And DM will take part in the negotiations on Tuesday and Wednesday.
One GM: "From the looks of it, [Boston's] only chance may be if [Matsuzaka] stands up to Boras."
That implies that Boras is going against the wishes of his client. I don't believe that is happening. Boras and DM likely worked out a strategy and they know nothing will happen until the final day or so. Matsuzaka wants to pitch in the US in 2007 and he has the final say on accepting a contract. On Thursday morning, he'll be holding up a #18 Red Sox jersey.
SoSHer Doug Beerabelli: "This is one of those situations where it'd be best as a fan to go for a three or four day hike in the mountains with no access to electronic media, and find out the news when you come off the mountain four days later."
That is probably the sane approach, though not many of us (any?) will do it.
J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo are in Boston today for their physicals.