Should the Daisuke Matsuzaka negotiations with Boston fall apart and MLB deems the Red Sox dealt in bad faith in trying to sign the Japanese pitcher in the attempt to block him from going to the Yankees, the bidding could fall to next in line in the bidding, which would be the Mets.
MLB would have to investigate a complaint, but who would initiate it?
The primary wounded party would be Matsuzaka, who would lose out on a potential deal. Reportedly, the Red Sox are offering $7 million, and assuming four years, that’s $28 million. Add that to the $51 million bid for the rights to talk and we’re talking $79 million for a pitcher who has never thrown a pitch.
If the Red Sox were bluffing just to keep him from another team, who is to say Scott Boras wouldn’t force them to show their cards. If Boras said, “we’ll take it,” then the Red Sox would be out $79 million for a pitcher they didn’t want. That’s a huge gamble, which makes the bad faith argument by the Red Sox unlikely.
If this falls through, Matsuzaka could post again next winter. Should that not work, he would be a free-agent (the way Hideki Matsui came to the Yankees) in 2008 and be allowed to talk to any team.
More likely is Boras is holding out for the bucks and using the deadline as leverage to up the ante because there are no competing teams. There are too many people with something to gain here, which is why I think this should eventually get done.