ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney is reporting that the Red Sox might be the winners in the bidding for Japanese pitching star Daisuke Matsuzaka. From ESPN.com:
But Olney is reporting that the Red Sox may have posted the top bid with a figure between $38 million and $45 million, according to Major League Baseball officials who are monitoring the bidding.
First of all, reporting that something “may have” happened is a little silly. Since when does ESPN report “may haves”? I thought that’s what the New York Post was for?
(ESPN isn’t the only one reporting a “may have.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting the Texas Rangers “may have” the winning bid for Matsuzaka.)
Second of all, $45 million!!! Are you kidding? That’s $45 million that a team is going to have to pay in addition to the money they’ll spend on Matsuzaka’s contract. Is he worth it? The Star-Telegram says Matsuzaka will probably get something similar to what the Astros gave Roy Oswalt — five years and $73 million. So that’s a total of $118 million over five years, or roughly $23 million per season. That’s a lot of money. That’s A-Rod money. Is any pitcher worth that kind of dough?