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The Athletics are on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui

Dec 14, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Susan Slusser reports that Matsui is going to make just less than $5 million for next season (Update: Olney says it’s $4.25 million). But hey, the A’s are going to pony up for his translator and his PR person. Which, given the horde of Japanese media that follows Matsui around, is definitely a full-time gig.

Good deal for the A’s.  I worry that the Coliseum will absolutely kill Matsui, but he’s a fun guy to have in baseball, so I’m glad he has a job for next season.

Monday, 6:10 PMSusan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui to a one-year deal. An agreement may be announced today, with a Tuesday press conference in the offing.

Which makes a ton of sense for everyone. Matsui wants to be on the west coast. The A’s need a DH, and would prefer to go year-to-year, which is all that Matsui can expect these days. He started slow last year but ended up being pretty much his old Matsui-self with the Angels, hitting .274/.361/.459 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs.  I’d expect age and the move to a rough hitter’s park to depress those numbers a bit, but Matsui isn’t going to get a ton of money from Oakland. Even at last year’s $6 million salary, Godzilla will likely earn his keep.

UPDATE: According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Matsui is scheduled to undergo a physical tomorrow morning. Assuming everything goes well, the A’s will hold an introductory press conference tomorrow afternoon.

  1. apbaguy - Dec 13, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    As Oakland moves to compete for 3rd place (out of 4) in the Western Division.

  2. raiderdave - Dec 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Jack Cust being non-tendered (again) and Hideki Matsui being signed is the result of an over zealous team wanting so badly to win and compete, but not having enough resources to do so in today’s MLB having to settle after being ignored and spurned by their top targets.

    It’s unfortunate, but as is being an A’s fan these days. I welcome him aboard, but I expect his stats from last year (.274 BA, 21 HR, 84 RBI) to more accurately reflect our DH’s stats last year (.246 BA, 15 HR, 74 RBI) this year as he moves to the massive confines of the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Either way, having an everyday DH who is a legitimate power threat with a decent batting average (for Oakland A’s standards) will be an improvement for a club who hung around in the AL West until a week to go in the regular season.

  3. JBerardi - Dec 14, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    So, which market inefficiency does this move exploit?

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 14, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Six-Degees-of-Cliff-Lee

    1. Matsui once was on The Yankees
    2. The Yankees just missed out on the top 2010 free agent Cliff Lee.

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