Matsuzaka Signs

After paying over $50 million just to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Red Sox have apparently signed him for the bargain price of 6 years, $52 million (with the potential for $60 million). While they do end up paying over $100 million, the contract itself is looking like a good deal. Maxed out at an average of $10 million a year, it’s less than the Royals gave up for Gil Meche.
Scared out of their wits by the current market, the Blue Jays don’t want Vernon Wells to hit the market next year (as previously discussed). So they’re offering him somewhere between $126-136 million over 6 or 7 years.
Nats news: the club promoted last year’s AA manager, John Stearns, to AAA, hired Tim Raines to coach (not manage) the AA squad, brought in Tommy Herr to manage Single A Hagerstown, and moved Tim Foli from managing AAA to become “Minor League field coordinator.”
And this news just in, so you’ll probably hear it here first: Jose Vidro has been traded to the Seattle Mariners, and they are picking up all $28 million $12 of the $16 million owed over the next two years of his contract. (My bad, I had those numbers totally wrong) The Nats get outfielder Chris Snelling and pitcher Emiliano Fruto. Don’t know much about those two (both are very young), but this is huge news. According to this morning’s Washington Post, Snelling was the Mariners’ 4th rated prospect in 2005, but has struggled with some injuries. Fruto has “the best change-up in the Mariners organization” and will be used in middle relief. Felipe Lopez is set to move to second base, and Christian Guzman is back at short. Wow.