n.— «Much may depend on the mystic machinations of silent Mariner partner Hiroshi Yamauchi, who may not only empower managing partner Howard Lincoln to bring back Ichiro at any cost, but also work to bring legendary Japanese League “gyroball” pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to Seattle—at a cost rumored to begin at $30 million just for the rights to negotiate with him.» —“Ichiro’s Contract an Offseason Conundrum” by Jim Thomsen Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Washington) Aug. 27, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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