The $51 Million Conversation

The Red Sox emerged last night as the winner of a bidding war for the right to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The Sox have paid more than $50 million to the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League for the right to talk with Matsuzaka for the next 30 days.

The Seibu Lions will receive the money only if the Red Sox sign on the prized pitcher.

WBUR's Bob Oakes speaks with Red Sox analyst Glen Stout about the very expensive deal.

This program aired on November 15, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



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