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  1. No, Hideki Matsui is not a Hall of Famer

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    File picture shows New York Yankees' Matsui speaking to reporters during "workout day" before MLB's 2009 World Series between New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies in New York

    This should probably go without saying, but no, Hideki Matsui is not a Hall of Famer. There is some level of debate about this. Not because anyone truly thinks that Matsui’s ten seasons in the bigs were Hall of Fame-worthy. They clearly were not, even if they were pretty damn good (note: the go-to phrase…

  2. Hideki Matsui announces his retirement

    Dec 27, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Not necessarily a surprise, but Hideki Matsui has announced that he is retiring. He will hold a press conference in New York to make it official. We last saw Matsui when he was released by the Rays last August after 34 games. But before that Matsui had himself a nice career. Ten years in the…

  3. Marco Scutaro named NLCS MVP

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro Reuters

    Who else were you expecting? The Giants defeated the Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NLCS tonight and the MVP of the series was a pretty easy call. Marco Scutaro, who managed to stay in the lineup after Matt Holliday‘s takeout slide in Game 2, was named the MVP after hitting a scorching .500…

  4. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  5. Rays release Hideki Matsui

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Last week the Rays designated Hideki Matsui for assignment and today they released the 38-year-old after he hit just .147 in 34 games. It’s hard to imagine Matsui getting another big-league opportunity at this point, or at least not until he proves he can still hit a little bit in the minors. Tampa Bay oddly…

  6. The Rays designate Hideki Matsui for assignment

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Looks like the end of the road for Godzilla: The Rays have designated Hideki Matsui for assignment. Matsui was booted to make room on the roster for the recently-acquired Ryan Roberts. From a baseball perspective it’s not a hard call” Matsui was 14-for-95 with two homers and a .435 OPS in 34 games.  There’s clearly nothing…

  7. Rays acquire Ryan Roberts from Diamondbacks

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    Ryan Roberts was told that the move to designate him for assignment this afternoon was a prelude to a trade, and the deal got done tonight, as the versatile veteran is on his way to Tampa Bay in exchange for minor league infielder Tyler Bortnick. The Rays were looking for inexpensive infield help and got…

  8. Rays sticking with washed-up, .147-hitting Hideki Matsui

    Jul 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Tampa Bay called up Hideki Matsui last month despite his hitting just .170 in 13 games at Triple-A, so the fact that they’re now sticking with him despite his hitting .147 in 34 games in the majors follows that same line of (weird) thinking. Matsui is 38 years old and hasn’t been healthy and productive…

  9. Hideki Matsui is hitting .158 for the Rays

    Jun 22, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui Reuters

    Tampa Bay called up Hideki Matsui last month despite his hitting just .170 in 13 games at Triple-A, which seemed odd at the time and was clearly an example of the Rays simply hoping that the 38-year-old veteran could summon whatever gas he had left in the tank once he was back in the big…

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

    May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    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…

  11. Evan Longoria’s injury a crushing blow to Rays

    May 1, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Rays' Longoria holds his left knee and grimaces after he was tagged out byMariners shortstop Ryan trying to steal second base, during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Evan Longoria might be the American League’s most indispensable player. We’re certainly about to find out now that he’s due to miss 6-8 weeks with a hamstring tear. Longoria, the owner of a .329/.433/.561 line and 19 RBI in 23 games to start the season, was injured on a steal attempt during Monday’s game against the…

  12. Rays announce minor-league deal with Hideki Matsui

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    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…

  13. Hideki Matsui expected to sign with Rays

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Hideki Matsui went unsigned this offseason and was rarely even linked to any teams, but now Jack Curry of YES Network reports that 38-year-old “is expected to soon sign a minor-league deal” with the Rays. It’s an odd fit, as Tampa Bay has gotten very good production from Luke Scott as their primary designated hitter…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Who are the Oakland Athletics?

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Oakland Athletics

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Somewhere in the Bay Area Probably Oakland A’s. The Big Question: Who are these guys? To say the A’s…

  15. Royals demote projected second baseman Johnny Giavotella

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    24-year-old Johnny Giavotella was expected to be the Royals’ second baseman and No. 2 hitter this season. After 44 at-bats this spring in which he hit .250/.267/.318, he’s on his way back to Triple-A. The Royals demoted the New Orleans product on Sunday, opting instead to go with Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt as their…

  16. The Yankees are in “serious discussions” with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s almost closing time for MLB’s Hot Stove and folks are beginning to get desperate. We’re seeing minor league deals all over the place and players who once were seeking multi-year contracts are now settling for one-year deals. Many speculated that the Yankees would be in the market for a hitter after trading Jesus Montero…

  17. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  18. Victor Martinez likely out for the season with torn ACL

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Detroit’s status as the AL Central favorites has taken a big hit before the Tigers even arrived at spring training, as designated hitter/catcher Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during offseason conditioning. No decision has been yet made regarding surgery, but if Martinez needs to go under the knife he’d likely…

  19. The Yankees and Hideki Matsui have been in contact

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    We heard earlier today that the Yankees are only willing to spend about $1-2 million on a designated hitter. This would seem to rule out Carlos Pena and possibly Johnny Damon, unless they are willing to take severe pay cuts. The Yanks will likely shuffle their aging veterans in and out of the DH spot…

  20. An updated top 50 free agents

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Taking into account recent signings and some new arrivals courtesy of the non-tender deadline, here’s a new list of the top 50 free agents available. Posted Japanese players Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki are not included. Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, would come in at No. 2 on the list, while Aoki, an outfielder, would slide in right around No.…

  21. Dodgers targeting Hideki Matsui as bench bat

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane indicated earlier this week that he’d like to go younger with the DH spot next season, which means that Hideki Matsui will almost certainly be playing elsewhere next season. His search for a job may lead him to an interesting place: the National League. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts was…

  22. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  23. Hideki Matsui unlikely to re-sign with A’s

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Since taking over as the A’s manager in the middle of the season Bob Melvin has said repeatedly that he’d like the team to re-sign Hideki Matsui, but he sounds highly unlikely to get his wish. Melvin reiterated his desire for Matsui to return while speaking to reporters yesterday at the winter meetings, but general…

  24. Scenes from the Winter Meetings: Elephants? OK, elephants.

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Elephants

    It’s been a strange first day of the Winter Meetings for me. The Hilton Anatole here in Dallas is larger than some European countries, and getting from place to another is a major undertaking. There’s also stuff like this all over the place: There’s a matching elephant just out of the frame on the left.…

  25. It’s probably not worth taking a flier on Manny Ramirez

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    MLB did the fair thing Sunday, disclosing that Manny Ramirez would only have to serve half of the 100-game suspension he was set to receive before he announced his retirement last year. Still, how much of a favor that does the 12-time All-Star remains to be seen. The best Ramirez could do last winter when…

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