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Hideki Matsui’s deal with Rays worth up to $900,000

May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

Hideki Matsui Reuters

Tampa Bay seemingly didn’t have much need for Hideki Matsui when they signed him to a minor-league contract last month, but it turns out the price was low enough that it doesn’t really matter.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has the details of Matsui’s contract and reports that he’d earn just $900,000 if the Rays call him up to the majors. By comparison, even with a limited market for his services last offseason Matsui managed a one-year, $4.25 million deal from the A’s.

Topkin also reports that Matsui is earning just $10,000 per month while at Triple-A, which is a low figure, but the Rays are also paying his public relations person and interpreter.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Normally I hate Godzilla because he destroys cities but this Godzilla is a good guy. Hope Matsui has success.

  2. diehardcubbiefan4life - May 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    “Only” $10,000 a month? I’ll take that salary and live happily for the rest of my life watching baseball and basketball, thank you very much.

  3. mikeincmn - May 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    He’ll be up before too long if he does decent at AAA. Brandon Allen is still Brandon Allen and outside his game winning homer hasn’t done much. Furthermore, I doubt there is a big defensive difference between the two when it comes to playing left. They both are gonna be pretty below average out there.

  4. bcjim - May 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    That donkey still doesn’t know English?

  5. kunztown - May 10, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Why didn’t the phillies sign this guy?

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