ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 21: Designated hitter Hideki Matsui #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays bats against the Seattle Mariners July 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Seattle won 2 - 1. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 1, 2012
#Rays grant Matsui his release
Matsui remained an unsigned free agent over the first month of the season, but eventually agreed to a contract with the Rays in late April. The 38-year-old has been awful with Tampa, only managing a clip of .147/.214/.221 with three-extra base hits and seven RBIs over 95 at-bats.
Matsui spent the 2011 season with the Oakland Athletics. He hit .251/.321/.375 with 12 home runs, 28 doubles and 72 RBIs for the A’s. The 10-year veteran owns a career line of .282/.360/.462.
It’s hard to say if there will be interest for Matsui, but his 2012 production, or lack thereof, certainly won’t help his cause.
Should a team take a flier on Matsui?