Red Sox: Offer to Matsuzaka 'fair, comprehensive'

Updated: November 28, 2006, 10:58 PM ET
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox cannot reduce their $51.1 million bid for Daisuke Matsuzaka in order to sign him, even if his Japanese team agrees to take less, baseball officials said Tuesday.

"There are no side deals in the situation," said Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office. "Everybody's been assured that's not allowed, and everybody's been made aware of the rules."

A Red Sox official said the team is ...

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