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Matsuzaka mania!

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  November 13, 2006 03:00 PM

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Orestes Destrade, the former Yankee prospect who became one of Japan's most prolific home run hitters before returning to the major leagues with the Marlins, said that his sources tell him the Sox submitted the highest bid for Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Destrade, who worked in Japanese media for several years, remains a popular figure in that country, and has maintained good contacts with influential people in the Japanese game, say his sources tell him that the Sox bid more than $50 million for the rights to negotiate with Matsuzaka. That would eclipse the estimates made by ESPN's Buster Olney, who cited information saying the Sox had paid between $38m to $45m.

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