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Sources: Red Sox may have top Matsuzaka bid

Updated: November 14, 2006, 12:37 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The Boston Red Sox may have posted the top bid for the right to negotiate with Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, according to Major League Baseball sources.

There has been no official announcement, and the Seibu Lions, Matsuzaka's team in Japan, have until Tuesday to accept or reject the high bid.

But, according to officials monitoring the bidding, the Red Sox bid may be between $38 million and $45 million.

Sources told ESPN's Peter Gammons that Boston's bid was $42 million, ...

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