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Home » 2006 NewsDecember 2006 » Matsuzaka Signs With Red Sox

Matsuzaka Signs With Red Sox

The Boston Herald repeatedly scooped their competitors on major happenings during the Daisuke Matsuzaka negotiations, but did they have to use the deplorable “Dice-K” moniker in their headline announcing the signing?

Matsuzaka signed a six-year, $52M contract after passing his physical at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Seibu Lions made their position known quite forcefully:

According to rumors that appear to have originated in Japan, word may have reached him that the Lions, who are counting on the enormous cash infusion from the Sox, were considering sending him to the minor leagues if he returned. That would have set back his free agency by another year.

Earlier today, another M-named player was secured by Boston. Doug Mirabelli signed a one-year, $750K deal to remain Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher. Are there no other minor league management positions in which 2004 team members may fade away gracefully? Gabe Kapler recently retired and became field manager for the Greenville Drive.

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