Blogger Logan Ryan Smith said...

I'm still not sold. To me, looks like a slider with a better-than-average sink. That's awesome, but not exactly a new pitch.

But I'm looking forward to seeing him in the majors next season. Hope he's worth the amount bound to total somewhere near 90 to 100 mil (the bid plus a 4 year contract) for your BoSox.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

That's some serious movement for a pitch that is 90+. Haven't seen too much of DM, so I can't say too much. I hear the gyro is like an oldschool screwball, tailing away from a lefthanded hitter.

Some things to think about with the *purchase*. The posting fee doesn't count against the cap. It is essentially a fee to open the Sox to the Japanese market, make a splash there. Knowing the Sox brass, we hang out all the time, they have done their research and feel like they'll make this back in Sox merch and other venues. & they can lock up, quite possibly, the best available pitcher. He is 26. They've scouted him extensively and think he's for real. We'll see, but I think it is a worthwhile gamble. Sign him for 4 years at $44 and consider the posting fee an investment that they'll quickly make back. A rotation of DM (26), Beckett (26), Papelbon (26) and finger crossed Lester (24) could, could, could be very good.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Logan Ryan Smith said...

That's true. BoSox merch will sell big time in Japan with D-Matz signing--and there's no luxury tax attached. And the "translation" of his numbers in the Japan league over to MLB standards are very good. I don't know how they do that, but they do. I'm sure he'll kick ass.

Good luck with Papelbon. I'm wary of the idea. I think if you've got someone solid in your closing spot, stick with it. But that's just coming from a Giants fan that hasn't had a reliable closer for the last 3 or more seasons.

Anyway, the whole thing with DM and other contracts in sight for the BoSox--that's a hell of a lot of money.

But, you know, it's like they say: The Red Sox are the new Yankees. :-)

4:42 PM  

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