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Replacement Level Yankees Weblog

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Modified: 2006-11-14T04:33:37Z










The Yankees and Mets are expected to submit highly competitive bids on Japanese superstar pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka by 5 p.m. today, and this battle of international intrigue could make the difference in which New York team gets to the World Series next year.

Throw in the deep pockets of the Red Sox, Cubs and Rangers, and the possible dark-horse bids of the Padres, Orioles or someone else, and you have an adventure worthy of a James Bond film. Call Matsuzaka "The Man with the Golden Arm."

"He's definitely a top-of-the-rotation starter," one major-league official said yesterday. "He's one of those guys that never really throws the same pitch twice in the same sequence.

"He's a guy who should have tremendous success in the States. He's probably like [Greg] Maddux early in his prime - probably with a little more fastball."

I read somewhere that one leaked bid was for $21 million, although I can't find it right now.

I'm going to be on vacation for the next 2.5 weeks, so no new posts from me. Fabian will be trying to put up some stuff on his prospect analysis and any other newsworthy items. In the meantime, you can also check out the following blogs for your Yankees fix.

Almost Perfect

Baseball Mania

Bronx Banter

Dugout News

Eephus Pitch

Fire Joe Torre Blog

Here Comes Number 27

High and Tight

Lohud Yankees Blog

No Sense Worrying

Pending Pinstripes
Soft Hands

The Sporting Brews

The Stat Boy of the Empire

Was Watching

Yankees Chick

Yankees Fans in Foreign Lands

Yanks Blog

I hope to come back to the news that the Yankees have won the bidding for Matusaka, and that Gary Sheffield has been traded for lots of good stuff.