Tuesday, January 27, 2004
One more thing about the Kaz situation has been brought to my attention. Brian Meehan of the Oregonian, in a Jan. 23 article, reports the following:
Bavasi said a Japanese team would have to compensate Seattle for signing Sasaki, the amount subject to negotiation.This is analog to the Mariners negotiating with Orix in 2001 for the rights to Ichiro. Sasaki will be a big draw in Japan, and whichever Japan League team gets him will be willing to shell out some dough for the attendance boost. Rest assured that this revenue will NOT be factored into the M's 2004 payroll, or any other season's payroll, for that matter.