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Could Hideki Matsui land in Oakland? UPDATE: how about Chicago?

Dec 9, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

Question: What did you think of Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance? Another question: Would you like to have a player like Hideki Matsui in your
lineup?

That’s a question my buddy from the Japanese press corp. is going to be asking Bob Geren soon based on this report from John Shea about Matsui maybe going to Oakland.  To be fair, Shea calls it a longshot, but my homie was asking NL teams with three set outfielders about it over the past few days, so he’s probably going to crazy based on even a report this thin.

For what it’s worth, Keith Law calls any Matsui-to-Oakland speculation rather silly, noting that they have plenty of DH types that cost a fraction of the dough Matsui would, and without the sorts of question marks that surround him.

So I guess what I’m saying is that Keith law had better watch his back.

UPDATE: From the Chicago Sun Times!


KW is about to talk and Japanese media is here looking for answers. It’s on.

That poor, poor bastard.  Assuming Kenny survives, he’ll have to jibe his interest in Matsui with Ozzie Guillen’s statements yesterday that, with all apologies to Jim Thome, he likes to be able to rotate everyday players through the DH slot rather than have a dedicated DH.

  1. Hipolito - Dec 9, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Craig — the Japanese reporter already did ask that question to Geren, which is where the Matsui to Oakland speculation got started since Geren basically just said he’s a good hitter in response.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Considering the financial shape that Japan Air Lines is in, it’s perfectly conceivable that the plane could run out of fuel on the way to New York and make a forced landing in Oakland. Maybe that’s what they meant.

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