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Rays announce minor-league deal with Hideki Matsui

Apr 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Hideki Matsui Reuters

Tampa Bay has finally made official what was reported last week, announcing a minor-league contract with Hideki Matsui.

Why the signing was delayed for a week is unclear, but Matsui was never going to immediately join the Rays anyway.

Instead he’ll head to Triple-A, where the Rays will evaluate whether the 38-year-old has anything left in the tank and wait to see if they even need help at designated hitter or left field. Right now Luke Scott is slugging .610 as their primary DH and there’s certainly no room for Matsui in the Desmond Jennings-B.J. Upton-Matt Joyce outfield.

After posting an OPS above .775 in each of his first eight seasons Matsui hit just .251 with 12 homers and a .696 OPS in 141 games for the A’s last year, topping a .700 OPS in just one month.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    The Japanese are industrious people, but they’re really burning out repainting the uniforms on all those Matsui bobbleheads in the Shoji Temple bazaar.

  2. tropboi11 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I usually put full trust into what the Rays FO does but i’m not to sure what their plan is here. Never the less, whatever their plan is will probably work out well for us. Go Rays!

  3. snowbirdgothic - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    I’m all for anything that improves Durham’s lineup.
    And even if Matsui’s got nothing left, he improves Durham’s lineup.

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