I wrote yesterday if the D-Mat negotiations fell through his rights could fall to the team that’s next in line.
That’s true, but I don’t want to mislead you so I must stress how highly unlikely this would be. It’s like the seventh tiebreaker in the NFL playoff system. It’s there, but you’re not going to see it.
Why is this unlikely?
* The burden of proof would be on the commissioner’s office to prove the negotiations were not proper.
* Everybody wants this to work, and while the posting process has flaws, they are worth it to keep the working agreement going. An investigation would damage the working relationship, and theoretically cost MLB millions in marketing in Japan.
However, according to the Japanese-American agreement, if commissioner Bud Selig has reason to believe the negotiating process was compromised, or if he believes the Red Sox negotiated in bad faith, he has the authority claiming the “Best Interest in Baseball,” clause to award the rights to the next team in line.
While this is highly unlikely, the avenue, although remote, does exist that could enable the next team in line, which reportedly is the Mets, to have a crack.
Here’s the link to this agreement: http://jpbpa.net/convention/2001_e.pdf (Paragraph 13)
All sides want this to happen by Thursday’s deadline and here’s why:
* The Red Sox obviously want the pitcher.
* D-Mat wants to play in the US, and it’s up to agent Scott Boras to make it happen.
* The Japanese market is rich in potential clients for Boras, and he doesn’t want to jeopardize that by not letting this deal happen.
* MLB obviously wants a deal in the interest of peace and maintaining its relationship with Japan.