Is Dice-K experiment over in Boston?

After the Monday night debacle at Fenway Park in which the Boston Red Sox were soundly thumped by the Tampa Bay Rays 16-5, Sox fans are calling for the end of the Daisuke Matsuzaka era in Boston.

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Dice-K could do nothing to get out of a six run, six hit second inning last night, and the Fenway Faithful let him know in no uncertain terms exactly how they felt.

Matsuzaka is now 0-2 with a 12.86, and over the past three seasons has amassed a record of 13-14 with a 5.34 ERA.

Not exactly what the Sox had in mind when they signed Dice-K back in December 2006.

However, while Sox fans want to ride Matsuzaka out of town on a rail, it won’t be as easy as it sounds. Dice-K has a no-trade clause and $20 million left on his contract, so any potential deal will likely mean that the Sox will have to eat the vast majority of the cash.

While the Sox have in the past not had a problem recognizing a bad deal (see Renteria, Edgar), they are also not in the habit of throwing away good money. Ten games does not a season make, and while Red Sox Nation may be flooding the local radio shows with cries of panic, no pennant has ever been won or lost in the first two weeks of the season.

Matsuzaka will no doubt be given some time to work out his issues, but it will also be on a short leash.

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