Lucchino and Epstein left the building where the offices are located shortly before 7 p.m. EST and it was unclear when or if they would return.Edes:
"It's here [Henry's plane] in Southern California and it will leave on Wednesday morning," Epstein said. "We hope Matsuzaka-san will be on it so that we can complete the physical in Boston in time to get a contract done."
Daisuke Matsuzaka was not present, according to a source with first-hand knowledge of the negotiations. ... If I had to guess I'd say the total guaranteed money in the Sox proposal is in the $40 million range, with performance bonuses that could make it worth considerably more. ... How long will the sides talk? My source said that it's possible they'll talk right up until John Henry's plane leaves for Boston tomorrow morning.SoSHer 941827:
This is a fascinating study of negotiation techniques. Let's assume that DM has told Boras that he will not, under any circumstances, return to Japan. How far can Boras push the envelope? ...
Will Boras tell DM that the Sox FO "getting on the plane" in the morning is a ruse similar to the guy who walks off the used car lot only to return a few minutes later with his "final final" proposal? Will he be right? ...
These are master manipulators at work. Assume nothing until midnight tomorrow night.