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Matsuzaka, Sox agree

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  December 14, 2006 06:43 AM

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Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital will have the final word, but assuming Daisuke Matsuzaka passes his physical, the best young pitcher in Japan will be pitching for the Red Sox next season.

The Red Sox and Matsuzaka, who met secretly with the Sox Tuesday night, came to terms yesterday on a six-year, $52 million contract after negotiations with agent Scott Boras in southern California and on a flight back to Boston produced an agreement. The deal, which is expected to be announced at a 5 p.m. press conference today in Fenway Park, came only one day before Boston's 30-day window to strike a deal with the 26-year-old righthander was set to expire at midnight. Matsuzaka's physical went without a hitch last night, with the sides awaiting only the results of some tests to make the deal official.

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