From the Boston Herald -
Negotiations between the Red Sox [team stats] and Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka have essentially broken down, a source familiar with the talks said late last night, adding that unless there is an abrupt change of course, Matsuzaka will not be signing with the Red Sox before Thursday’s midnight deadline.
Attempts to reach Matsuzaka’s agent, Scott Boras, were unsuccessful last night. However, the well-placed source blamed Boras for stubbornly being unable to get over the flaws in the Japanese posting system, saying that he has been unwilling to negotiate and that he has acted disinterested in even making a deal.
When I see this report, three things come to mind.
1. Is this just the usual before-the-deadline bluff/stall/chicken game that occurs…or…
2. Maybe the Sox did just want to block the Yankees on D-Mat, after all, or, perhaps maybe Boras is trying to break the posting system here – and he will have Matsuzaka sign with a team like the St. Paul Saints for 2007 and then be a true Free Agent in 2008…and, perhaps…
3. If the Red Sox do not sign D-Mat, then that opens the door for Clemens to return to Boston. (Maybe even as a closer?)
That last item makes me wonder. Many Yankees fans are upset with Clemens for his “retirement” scam of 2003. Still, some Yankees fans were O.K. with Roger’s return to baseball, so quick, after the 2003 World Series. In any event, I wonder how Rocket’s Yankees legacy will be different if he were to sign with the Boston Red Sox for 2007? I think the move to Boston changed the Yankees legacy of David Cone – and David Wells, somewhat, as well. Would Clemens get any different treatment?