Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Matsuzaka Posted!

From FoxSports:

The Seibu Lions said Matsuzaka's rights will be "posted," meaning that all 30 major league teams can bid on the 26-year-old right-hander. The team with the highest bid gains the right to attempt to sign the pitcher.

The Lions reportedly plan to seek $30 million from a major league team just for rights to negotiate with Matsuzaka. That's not including the $13-15 million annual salary he'll likely earn.

Translation: If we don't get $30 million, we pull back the posting and he plays another year. It's obviously a price-inflating ploy. If Seibu doesn't accept a top bid of, say, $25 million, they can pull Matsuzaka back, but I don't see them taking that path. He becomes a free agent following 2007, at which time the Lions would receive no compensation for his departure. And something tells me that the extra revenue he draws minus his salary is over $25 million (for clarification, since I suck at verbalizing math: Total Revenue Solely Generated by Matsuzaka - Matsuzaka's Salary ≠ $25 million).

Then again, a $30 million bid may be required to top the field. Based on nothing but anecdotes I've read over the past two months, no team plans to bid that $30 million. The Red Sox may go between $20 and $25 mil just to compete with the Yanks. But I think that if Cashman plops down $30 mil, Matsuzaka will be wearing pinstripes in 2007.

Monday, October 30, 2006

So Just Chill, 'Till the Next Episode

As you've been able to glean over the past month and a half, the new job has taken a considerable amount of my writing time. I have ideas ready to put into column form, but it's difficult to sit in front of a computer for 10 hours a day, and then go home to spend more hours with one. I'm acclimating myself well, though, and should have more time to write in the coming weeks.

Going through a similar situation is Benjamin Kabak of Off the Facade. He's a fine writer, and is hampered by a busy schedule with a new job. We've been familiar with one another's situation for quite some time, and are now prepared to do something about it.

Yes, I'm joining Ben at Off the Facade, where we hope that by combining our limited schedules, we can still provide the very best in Yankees coverage.

However, this in no way is the demise of the Sporting Brews. The decision to join Ben was largely influenced by the time of year: I may not have come to the same decision had this been in April. For now, though, I'll be writing and promoting myself at OtF, while simulcasting my material here. I'll also try for a Friday roundup of significant Yankees storylines.

But, for now, Off the Facade