The Red Sox brass boarded a plane today from California to Boston with Daisuke Matsuzaka and his hardass agent Scott Boras, so an agreement appears to be within sight. (Boras had said that he wouldn't allow Matsuzaka to board a plane to Boston without a tentative agreement.) The Boston Herald reported today that Boras was asking for a deal of six years and $66 million, while the Sox were offering six years and $48 million. You have to figure that they met somewhere in the middle, and I bet there are some incentives for the Dice Man to hit as well.
I bet the boys at Seibu are breathing a hefty sight of relief right about now. And now Theo Epstein can turn his attention to getting the Red Sox a closer.....
UPDATE: Sports Illustrated has a story about the agreement the Sox brass came to with Boras and Dice. They say it's a six-year, $52 million deal, and it could bring him up to $60 million with the incentives. It sounds like a great deal, and let's hope it's true.