When the Red Sox signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a six-year, $52 million contract in February of 2007, they were thought to be getting one of the best pitchers in the world. In addition to the contract, the Sox paid a hefty $51.11 million posting fee for the exclusive rights to negotiate with Matsuzaka, bringing the total price for Dice-K's services to $103.11 million.
The town was abuzz. Boston restaurants scrambled to come up with sushi rolls worthy of naming after the Red Sox' new star pitcher. Fans made signs in Japanese and brought them to spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Journalists tracked down physicists to make sense of Matsuzaka's mysterious gyroball, which may or may not have ever existed.
The hype was short-lived. Dice-K's second season, in which he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA, was by far his best. His overall record in Boston was 50-37. Matsuzaka's tenure with the Red Sox ended Wednesday night with a 14-2 loss to the Yankees. Dice-K's line: 2 1/3 innings, 5 earned runs, 6 hits, one walk, and 2 strikeouts.
Now that Matsuzaka's time in Boston is likely done, we can calculate just what that big contract brought in return:
50 wins = $2.06 million/win
116 starts = $888,879/start
668 1/3 innings = $154,279/inning
609 strikeouts = $169,310/strikeout
321 walks = $321,215/walk
1 complete game = $103.11/complete game
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer