Matsuzaka to be posted?
We with our ears to the ground at USS Mariner Labs have been hearing rumors for a few days that Daisuke Matsuzaka would be posted, allowing him to come to the United States. Given that there is a lot of ground between here and Japan, it’s tough to know how reliable our ears have been in gauging things.
Now, Dayn Perry says that he’s available — albeit with no substantiation or specifics.
Also on the market is Daisuke Matsuzaka of Japan. He’s a gyroball specialist whose stuff Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus likens to that of John Smoltz Ã¢â‚¬â€ hard and heavy. He’s certain to be hotly sought by high-revenue teams like the Red Sox and Yankees.
Take this detail-light report with a grain of salt, or perhaps a portion of soy sauce. But combine this with what we’ve been hearing and the fact that the timing is right — Bobby Valentine’s Chiba Lotte Marines just knocked Matsuzaka’s Seibu Lions out of the playoffs — and I’d say that the rumor stands a good chance of proving true.
Why post on this topic so much right now, while we’re still speculating? If the report is correct, teams could start the action quickly.
Under the posting system, after the player’s name and status is officially declared to American teams through the commissioner’s office, teams have four days to post their bids for the rights to negotiate with the player. The winning bidder then gets 30 days to negotiate a contract.
A news report doesn’t consitute an official announcement. But if there’s something to this, we could have a lot more to talk about soon.