What's 103 million worth these days?
That doesn't seem like a question with one definitive answer, but thanks to a new discovery by a team of crack Japanese mathematicians, we're now able to convert the concept of: "What's 103 million worth?" into one tangible explanation. And here it is:
For 103 million you get:
A 4.47 ERA (the fifth worst in Sox history among guys with 100 starts)
One Tommy John surgery
Years of miscommunication and headaches
A lifetime of unfulfilled potential
Oh, and I guess it gets you a World Series ring, too.
Tonight in the Bronx, Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound for the last time in a Red Sox uniform, and as much as we'll all remember the Dice-K Era as an abject failure, we really can't forget about his role on that 2007 team. Not that he was lights out, or ever entirely reliable, but he still pitched 200 innings and won 15 games for the eventual champs. He also started and won Game 7 of the ALCS against Cleveland, and picked up a win in the World Series. In 2008, he went 18-3 and threw seven shutout innings in Game 1 of the ALCS against Tampa. Granted, he sucked in Game 5, and pretty much sucked every season after that, but for two years he wasn't that bad.
But of course, the bigger point is that the Red Sox didn't dish out 103 million for two years of not that bad.
No wait. Actually they did.