Red Sox GM Theo Epstein in a post-midnight conference call [said] he and CEO Larry Lucchino flew to southern California, unsolicited, for a meeting with agent Scott Boras in the Daisuke Matsuzaka negotiations.First: the offer doesn't have to satisfy Boras. It has to satisfy Matsuzaka.
Epstein said the team plans to make another offer tomorrow, one that will be the largest ever given to a player who has never played in the big leagues, and the largest given to a Japanese player. But it remains to be seen if that will satisfy Boras ...
A feisty John W. Henry, frustration evident in his voice, said: "I think it's also fair to say we're on Scott Boras's doorstep because he hasn't negotiated with us so far. We're taking the fight directly to him to try to have a negotiation here."
Second: Damn nice work from Boras, ignoring the Sox by using the only leverage he has: the clock.
Third: What are the numbers of "the largest [contract] ever given to a player who has never played in the big leagues, and the largest given to a Japanese player"?
Probably Hideki Matsui's 4/52. ... I'm guessing DM signs for 5/55, which while a few dollars less per season, is a larger total package.