And also sign more baseball players and increase his revenue. Daisuke Matsuzaka, MVP of the World Baseball Classic, has decided that he will leave the Seibu Lions in Japan and test the MLB waters with his agent Scott Boras helping him along the way [Boras to represent Japanese pitching star Matsuzaka].
This guy has performed in a 17-inning game where he made 250 pitches. He picked up a save the next day. Bob Bavasi of JapanBall.com says that he has heard numbers as high as $70 million for the contract to sign Matsuzaka [MLB Trade Rumors: Interview: Bob Bavasi]. The prediction is that the team that signs Matsuzaka will have to pay the Seibu Lions anywhere from $17 million to $28 million as a posting fee alone.
Matsuzaka Watch gives a nice little timeline to follow in the near future for phenom Matsuzaka:
1. Matsuzaka will be posted in the first part of November.
2. Teams will have 40 days to submit secret bids to Bud Selig’s office.
3. Selig and company will hold those bids in trust, before finally delivering the winner to Seibu.
4. That will happen in mid-December.
5. Teams will have 30 days to negotiate with Matsuzaka and Boras, before losing his rights.
6. If that happens, he MUST go back and pitch in Japan in 2007.
Here are Matsuzaka’s stats in Japan: