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Old 10-13-2006, 11:51 PM   #7
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One candidate to fill the Yankees' pitching need was given permission by his Japanese team to leave for America yesterday. The Seibu Lions will post Daisuke Matsuzaka, a 26-year-old right-hander who some scouts say has better stuff than Hideki Irabu.
U.S. teams can make closed bids on Matsuzaka next month during the posting process. Seattle is expected to go heavy after the pitcher who won a career-high 17 games last year and had a 2.13 ERA and 200 strikeouts. If the Mariners get crazy with the posting price - some say they will go as high as $30 million - the Yankees won't be in it. After a team wins the bidding it has to sign the player. ...
Interesting quote from a recent NY Post article. Granted, it's NY media...

But, as the article stated, the bidding process is "closed." Any team that wants him will have to make damn sure their one bid is highest...Seattle sounds like they're going after this one no holds barred. There are even rumors going around the Seattle blogs that ownership has a separate Japanese "slush fund" set aside for such occasions, and that the bid won't count against team salary budgets...

It's going to be interesting for sure.
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