Rays Release Hideki Matsui

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)

The Tampa Bay Rays have granted veteran designated hitter Hideki Matsui his release, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

The Rays designated Matsui for assignment on July 25 to make room on their roster for Ryan Roberts.

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.

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