Via TSN -
Hideki Matsui is reportedly close to with Los Angeles to become the Angels’ next designated hitter.
ESPN.com is reporting that Matsui is on the verge of sigining a one-year, $6.5 million contract. Matsui capper a 28-homer season with with the Yankees by winning the World Series MVP and hoped to return to New York, the only Major League team he has played for. But the Yankees traded for centerfielder Curtis Granderson and made upgrading its outfield more of a priority. Matsui was unable to play the field last year because of bad knees.
Matsui played 142 games in 2009, all as a designated hitter. The signing would also end Vladimir Guerrero’s tenure with the Angels. Guerrero won one MVP in his six seasons with the Angels, but he was limited to 383 at bats and just two games played in the field by lower-body injuries. He is also a free agent.
Oh…if…only…he didn’t have Tony Oliva’s knees…
I will miss Matsui. He was one of my favorites. And, I hope he does great for the Angels…except when he’s playing against the Yankees.
And, Yankees fans, if you’re listening, you better give Godzilla a Standing-O in his first PA at Yankee Stadium next season as a visiting player…he’s earned it.