So, the Red Sox finally signed the Japanese phenom Daisuke Matsuzaka! Congrats to the Red Sox Nation!
We know what the Yankees are thinking right now–Thank goodness we landed Pettitte!!
My question is how does this affect the other 28 teams in the MLB? One thing for sure, it just drove up the price for Japanese players, but, beyond that, as an Astros fan, I’m breathing a sigh of limited relief–chances are Red Sox are out of the bidding for the Rocket…hey, that’s one team out of the mix right?
Yankees want him to pitch an entire season, but his agents, the Hendricks Brothers, are pushing him to pitch only half a season and don’t expect Roger to decide his future until the new year has already been rung in…That definitely bodes well for Astros fans. Roger himself said the only thing he’s decided on for 2007 is going to spring training and working with the young Astros pitchers.
In the immediate future for the NL teams–it’s not a great day…chances are they’ll have to face The Rocket in the 2nd half of 2007 regularly. He may be 44 years old, but, he can still bring it. Now, if Matsuzaka is a bust or they are plagued with injuries to their starting rotation, the Red Sox may still dial up Roger and beg him to come back. As an Astros fan, I wouldn’t blame him if he returned to the Red Sox.
That however, sets up a very interesting match up–Clemens vs. Pettitte. It should make for a very exciting twist to an already intense rivalry and one all baseball fans would enjoy watching next year.