Red Sox get Matsuzaka their way 

December, 13, 2006
12/13/06
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In the end the Red Sox stared down the gun and got Daisuke Matsuzaka for not only what they wanted -- an $8.7 million AAV (average annual value) -- but they got him for six years.

They now have three high-ceiling power starters age 26 in Matsuzaka, Jonathan Papelbon and Josh Beckett, with Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz in the rearview mirror.

They kept him away from the Yankees, and while that seems a little silly west of Scranton, it is a market reality from Otisfield, Maine, to Southington, Conn.

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