Matsuzaka bid to be decided Tuesday

Updated: November 13, 2006, 3:15 PM ET
Associated Press

NAPLES, Fla. -- Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will learn Tuesday whether the Seibu Lions have accepted a bid for him by a major league team.

Major League Baseball and the Japanese commissioner's office will make simultaneous announcements at 8 p.m. EST Tuesday (10 a.m. Tokyo time Wednesday), MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said Monday at the big league general managers' meetings.

The amount of the highest bid was forwarded by the major league commissioner's office to the Japanese commissioner's office last Wednesday, and the Lions have until Tuesday to accept. Only if the offer is accepted will the identity of the winning team be revealed.

The Boston Red Sox, Yankees, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers were thought to be among the bidders. The winning team will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Matsuzaka's agent, Scott Boras.

If Matsuzaka doesn't agree to a contract, the bid will not be paid.

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