Let the bidding begin
The bidding for Daisuke Matsuzaka has officially started, as big-league teams have until Wednesday to turn in their sealed bids to Major League Baseball. My gut feeling is that the Yankees will win the bidding, as the opportunity to acquire a 26-year-old potential ace with nasty stuff doesn’t come along every day.
I haven’t seen much of Matsuzaka other than in the World Baseball Classic, but people I have spoken with believe he will have no trouble adjusting to the Majors. I think this is a great move for the Yankees, who can match him up with Chien-Ming Wang and eventually Philip Hughes to form a very impressive young trio.
The Gary Sheffield saga will move forward this weekend as well, since his option must be picked up by Sunday. It will be, and then he’ll be traded at some point … though I think the Yankees would be better served to wait it out. Teams in need of a slugger are going to make a big run for Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Lee, and the teams that don’t land those two will likely be willing to pay more for Sheffield, especially for one year at $13 mil.
Should make for an interesting winter.