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Another day, another short-sighted decision


A quick post about the Northwest's most maddening professional sports franchise – and that's saying something – before I have to sign off for a while (some sad stuff to deal with).

The powers-that-be in the front office have decided not to make a bid for Japanese starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, despite a Lindsay Lohan-thin pitching roster. General manager Bill Bavasi didn't give the reasons behind the decision, but there is talk about the high price tag.

Hey, how about the high price tag of watching your fan base melt away thanks to wildly extravagant spending on corner infielders who either had just one good year an entire career or never proved they can hit when a pennant is still in doubt?

They'll probably save the Matsuzaka money to spend on an over-the-hill right-handed power pitcher instead of bidding on a lefty which would seem perfect for Safeco.

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