It’s not the last minute yet, so don’t be surprised if this still gets done. The Red Sox put a $51 million deposit for the right to negotiate, so they want to get this done. Matsuzaka has already gone through the posting process, he has bid farewell to Japan. He’s not going to want to go through this again next year.
Reports are agent Scott Boras is the cause for the snag. However, dragging out negotiations to get the last dollar is what Boras does. There’s no other team he can use against the Red Sox as leverage, so he’s using the deadline.
That’s something that has to be remembered in the bidding for Barry Zito. He has one offer on the table, and that’s from Texas. The Mets are interested, but so is San Francisco and possibly Seattle. We’re not at the point yet of teams bidding against each other.
All this means Zito signing isn’t imminent.