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Daisuke Matsuzaka

This morning's Star-Telegram reports the Rangers may have submitted the winning bid for Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka.

A baseball official with knowledge of the process said Thursday that the Rangers have made a major bid for the 26-year-old Japanese right-handed pitcher, perhaps close to $30 million, and that the Rangers have a chance to win exclusive negotiating rights.

But from ESPN's Buster Olney, there is this tidbit (in addition to some great stuff on JD Drew's possible landing spots.  Sorry subscription-only):

One bit of speculation heard yesterday -- and it was nothing more than speculation -- was that maybe Boston had made an enormous bid, in the range of $45 million

'nuff said.

For day-to-day stuff on Matsuzaka, check out Mike Plugh's blog, Matzsuzaka Watch.