Matsuzaka won't come cheap

Originally Published: November 1, 2006
By Jim Allen | Special to ESPN.com

TOKYO -- Japan's premier pitcher is headed toward a 2007 premiere in the majors.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, the MVP of the inaugural World Baseball Classic, will go on the block Thursday when the Seibu Lions file to auction his negotiating rights to the highest bidder.

Teams will have four days to submit a sealed bid for Matsuzaka, who possesses a dizzying assortment of quality pitches with a pair of sliders, circle change, forkball, cutter, curve and a 95-mph fastball.

Matsuzaka's ability ...

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