I'm presuming that you aren't Theo Epstein or John Henry. If this is true, you have no idea what you are talking about in relation to how the posting fee affected the finances of the Red Sox organization. Neither do I, but I sincerely doubt they just said 'ho hum, we're going to lay out fifty million dollars, but not budget it in any way shape or form.' Seems incredibly foolish to assume that is the case.
The only thing that is more foolish is to evaluate the value of Matsuzaka to the Red Sox without taking into account money that they have paid to put him out on the field. Are you serious? Because they paid out more than half of it up front, paying out $105M for an alternately injured and mediocre Matsuzaka makes it not a hardship to the organization? This is lunacy.
Why don't you guys bid $100M for Darvish this time? After all, it doesn't count.
Like i stated man, i've already been extensively debating that pov in another thread, and have np doing a complete rehash there if necessary. That said ,and beyond a very simplified down and may i add fairly cop-out'ish "you are not Theo/John Henry" retort (this is a message board where people come to speculate the Red Sox/baseball, where 95% of the content essentially boils down to individual speculation), i do feel the need to point out that you didn't provide the example i asked for there.
I mean surely with that $51m playing out to be such a "hardship to the organization", and given the large potential application pool of signings/potential-signings/trades that have gone down since it was paid out, you have some supporting examples behind that conclusion. Right?