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Boras' Dice-K windfall falls short

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07:18 AM ET 11.19 | Don't get Sam Kennedy wrong, there is little buyer's remorse when it comes to analyzing the acquisition of Daisuke Matsuzaka. The World Series trophy made sure of that. But for Kennedy, the Red Sox' senior vice president of sales and marketing, there was a semblance of disappointment when it came to Matsuzaka's payoff off the field. A year after the pitcher's agent, Scott Boras, told the Sox about all the money that could be made from the marketing of Matsuzaka, expectations have been readjusted. While most estimates have Seattle and the Yankees garnering between $3-6 million annually because of the presence of Japanese outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui, respectively, the Red Sox' final tally came up well short. Funai Electronics proved to be the sole sponsorship gained because of Dice-K, netting the Red Sox an annual contract of approximately $900,000.

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