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After whiffing on top targets, A’s shift focus to Hideki Matsui

Dec 10, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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Oakland left the winter meetings empty handed despite several attempts to make a big splash, which has Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle thinking that the A’s will turn their attention to signing Hideki Matsui.

Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, told Slusser that he expects to begin fielding offers over the weekend and indicated that Matsui might be ready to sign as soon as early next week.

Whether or not it’ll be with Oakland is unclear, but Matsui has expressed an interest in remaining on the West Coast following a one-year stint with the Angels and the A’s have been linked to him since missing out on their No. 1 designated hitter target, Lance Berkman.

Matsui signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Angels last winter and hit .274/.361/.459 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs in 145 games as their primary DH.

  1. apbaguy - Dec 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Oh boy. If he was .820 OPS in Anaheim, with another year on him and Oakland’s bigger park, he’ll be about .775 in 2011. That should still lead the team. The A’s need to get a couple more guys who can push .800 OPS this year.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    They better hurry up. The monks at the Shoji Temple in Tokyo just got finished repainting four thousand Matsui bobbleheads for sale in the bazaar in Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Azusa, Huntington Beach, Orange Beach, Santa Ana, Irvine, Long Beach, Stanton, Garden Grove, Torrance, Alisa Viejo, Newport Beach,

  3. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Heh – hit send prematurely – Palos Verdes, Lakewood, Compton, Fullerton, La Habra, Lake Forest, Costa Mesa and, of course, Cucamonga. Now they’ll need plenty of lead time to repaint them all over again in the colors of the Oakland Athletics of San Jose, Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, Heyward, Fruitdfale, Campbell, Cupertino, Saratoga, Cambrian Park, Alamitos,

  4. Old Gator - Dec 10, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    …Los Gatos, Lexington Hills, Loyola, Santa Clara….

    • BC - Dec 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM

      Don’t forget Lompoc.

      • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2010 at 2:11 PM

        I had a case of that when I was with the Peace Corps in Borneo. Left untreated, it eats your brain and leaves you a Republican.

  5. apbaguy - Dec 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Four thousand should be more than enough for “Matsui Bobblehead Day” in Oakland this year. About 1000 of the leftovers will be on eBay with 24 hours, so the good folks in SoCal can still get one.

    • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2010 at 2:14 PM

      Good for them. I gotta tell you though, in all mock seriousness, the first time I visited the Shoji Temple I spent a couple of hours being stunned by the atmosphere of the place, the golden Buddhas, bodhisattvas and dharmapalas, the beauty of the architecture and the peacefulness of the gardens. Then, still a bit overcome by the ancient grandeur of it all, I walked into the bazaar hoping to buy a couple of figurines and votive scrolls to bring home for my art collection – and there were four thousand (at least) Hideki Matsui bobbleheads in Borg uniforms, all…well….bobbling at me the entire quarter mile length of the bazaar. Try and imagine that. Just try. You can’t make this shit up.

  6. clydeserra - Dec 10, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    So the A’s want to pay twice as much for the same production. Good thing they non-tendered Cust.

    Why would they not want Beltre to not go to the Angels again?

  7. goznes2 - Dec 10, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Don’t forget San Mateo.

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