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It looks like the reports of Boston’s interest in Hideki Matsui drew quite a bit of attention the other day, possibly getting blown just a wee bit out of proportion. All the reports in the Japanese media, which idolizes Matsui, are saying that Godzilla is shaping up to a plan b to Jason Bay.

When asked by the Japanese press, Theo Epstein played down the idea of signing Matsui. Quoted in Sponichi: “Our DH next season is [David] Ortiz. His last four months of this season were good, and I think next year will be a good season for him”; and Daily Sports, commenting more specifically on Matsui: “we aren’t thinking about it that deeply. Right now we have our hands full with our own free agents.” Incidentally, Epstein has been quoted as saying he wants to keep Takashi Saito around.

In other news, Sponichi has a report that the Rays would consider Matsui if they can move Pat Burell, reports persist that the Angels could turn to Matsui if negotiations with Vlad Guererro stall, and the Mets are looking into whether Matsui can play in the field on a regular basis.

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  1. Patrick
    John Brooks
    12/11/2009 at 1:35 am Permalink

    I would have to say that Matsui going anywhere but the Yankees now is moot after his strong season and strong postseason. It should end the rumor mill, but whats new with the rumor mill?

  2. Patrick
    12/11/2009 at 1:42 am Permalink

    The post I did on my own opinions on Matsui got mostly overlooked:

  3. Patrick
    John Brooks
    12/11/2009 at 11:03 am Permalink

    No, Patrick I haven’t really been reading too much lately on baseball. If it wasn’t for this site and many like it I wouldnt have a clue what is going on. Though, I also thought Matsui’s loyality to the Yankees is what would kept him there.

    Yes, the Orioles made a run at him, but he wanted to truly play for the Yankees I always believe, I could be wrong but that was the reception I got when Matsui was coming over to the States. I did at the time want Baltimore to sign Matsui, I think the figures the O’s offered were 3 years/$21M, though its been so long so I could be wrong. Right now the Orioles could use a DH like Matsui, but I see him staying in New York out of loyality.


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