• Matsuzaka Wants Seattle?

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2006 · Comments (9)

    From the Seattle P-I

    In many circles, that talk includes Daisuke Matsuzaka. The teams that are believed to be preparing posting bids to pay the Seibu Lions for the rights to the services of the right-handed starting pitcher are the Mariners, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Dodgers, Cubs and Mets. And the Angels and Orioles might take a flier at the 26-year-old right-hander who was 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA in Japan this season.

    But where is it that Matsuzaka himself would like to land? Baseball sources say that if he could choose, he’d come to Seattle to play. The reasons are twofold — center fielder Ichiro Suzuki and catcher Kenji Johjima.

    Matsuzaka, associates say, has long wanted to play with Ichiro, something that both men experienced in the World Baseball Classic last spring. Team Japan won the tournament with Matsuzaka winning the Most Valuable Player award and Ichiro serving as mentor to the younger men on the team.

    And Matsuzaka and Johjima spent time as teammates at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    Then again, as Cindy Lauper sings, money changes everything. Or, would Matsuzaka pull an Irabu and refuse to sign with the team that acquires him? And, what does A-Rod think of this whole thing? (Just kidding on the last part.)

    Comments on Matsuzaka Wants Seattle?

    1. rbj
      October 23rd, 2006 | 6:22 pm

      I think he just doesn’t want to play on an A-Rod team. (just kidding).

      That could upset the whole kettle of fish, but would he want to play on a losing team, or a team where he’s got a shot at going to the postseason.

    2. baileywalk
      October 23rd, 2006 | 7:24 pm

      “Baseball sources” say he wants to play for Seattle. In other words — it means nothing.

      Scott Boras would never allow his client’s preference to get out. It would damage financial matters.

      There’s no reason why Matsuzaka wouldn’t want to play for either New York team, Seattle, Boston, wherever. He wants to come to America and make a lot of money. And he’ll do that wherever he goes.

    3. baileywalk
      October 23rd, 2006 | 7:26 pm

      Oh, and this came from a Seattle paper. No, not suspicious at all.

    4. October 23rd, 2006 | 8:31 pm

      exaclty. as i’m sure the NY papers will report that Mats wants to play in NYC so badly. who in seattle want to read that Mats doesn’t want seattle, the same for NY. it wont sell as well.

      i CAN see him wanting to play with 2 ‘paisans,’ but the Yanks do have one themselves, and a much better chance to win, and a lot more money, and a much bigger market. who wouldn’t want to play in NY? (is that my NY bias talking?)

    5. Yu Hsing Chen
      October 23rd, 2006 | 9:21 pm

      If no deals are reached then he simply goes back to Japan and the team doesn’t pay the posting fee. so it’s not like it really matters where he wants to play. he either plays somewhere in the US or in Seibu next year.

      that being said, while the whole buzz is on the Yankees and the M’s the truth is just about every other team has more to gain from getting him than these two teams as it expand their Japanese market more than it would for these two teams.

      I can seirously see the Mets make a run, or the Cubs. or even teams like the Astros (remember they have like 70% of their payroll comming off the books)

    6. JeremyM
      October 23rd, 2006 | 9:48 pm

      I’ve heard that the posting fee is actually non-refundable, so that might make some teams leery of bidding.

    7. Yu Hsing Chen
      October 23rd, 2006 | 11:45 pm


      No, you don’t pay until a deal is reached, if no deal is reached you simply don’t pay the posting fee, and in the end all 3 sides come out losing, time and efforts.

    8. October 24th, 2006 | 1:05 am

      Bud Selig said to teams interested that they should make every effort to sign Mats if they win the posting. It was basically him saying “if you win the rights, you better sign him, or it’ll create all sorts of problems between NPL and MLB.”

      and you get the posting fee back if he doesn’t sign. i’ve heard people suggest the sawx bid $100 mil but never sign Mats, just to keep him away from the Yanks.

    9. Raf
      October 24th, 2006 | 9:37 am

      i’ve heard people suggest the sawx bid $100 mil but never sign Mats, just to keep him away from the Yanks.

      Funny thing is, I can see them doing that. However, I can’t see the Yanks being outbid if they really want Matsuzaka.

      IMO, I think he’ll play in either Seattle, or NY

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