ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 9: Hideki Matsui #55 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 9, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
There has apparently been some contact between the New York Yankees and Hideki Matsui after all, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports via twitter. Heyman points out that Matsui could make a good fit when team budget considerations (let that part sink in for a moment) and his previous stint in New York.
Matsui, 37, spent nine season with the Yankees and hit .285 over that span, though that mark has been heading steadily down since 2008, when he hit .294 -- he hit .274 in 2009 and 2010, but just .251 last season with Oakland (my sabermetric friends are hopefully screaming that's not park adjusted, that's not park adjusted!!).
Add this apparent contact between the Yankees and Matsui to rumors around Johnny Damon, also a former Yankee, and Carlos Pena. And in the background of all this is that the team really doesn't want to spend much more money because they're looking to bring down their penalty under new luxury tax provisions in the new CBA:
- Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - "there has been some contact between matsui and #yankees. decent fit, considering team budget, his background"
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The Yankees are reportedly searching for their next designated hitter but don't have a lot to spend, and could have as little as $1-2 million for the role according to Keith Law. The club is looking at several options, including Carlos Pena, a Johnny Damon reunion, and internal candidate Jorge Vazquez.
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