Dec
14

An old friend lands in Oakland

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While we waited out our server problems and the Cliff Lee news, the A’s picked up an old Yankee friend of ours. Hideki Matsui and Oakland came to terms on a one-year deal believed to be worth just south of $5 million. He’ll be introduced at the Coliseum later today.

Matsui left New York after winning the 2009 World Series MVP, and he turned in a solid 1.9-win season for the Angels last year. He hit .274/.361/.459 with 21 home runs in 554 plate appearances and even managed to survive 123 innings in left field. While the signing could be a good one for the A’s, Matsui is moving to a home stadium where left-handed batters hit just .241/.325/.349 with just 32 home runs in 2549 plate appearances last year. Playing out his age 37 season in a pitcher’s park, Matsui could very well see his production fall off the table in 2011. Buyer beware.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League

21 Comments»

  1. bexarama says:

    Good luck, Matsui. This word is so lame but he was always classy.

  2. J.R. says:

    Wanted to let you know your RSS to Facebook showed this story about 2 hours early.

  3. Hughesus Christo says:

    BUT BILLY BEANE

    It must be smart!

  4. The Constant Gardner says:

    So he can be friends with Kurt Suzuki?

    /Kay’d

    Yes, Kurt is Japanese-American but Kay-Pax probably can’t tell the difference.

  5. Accent Shallow says:

    Matsui is moving to a home stadium where left-handed batters hit just .241/.325/.349 with just 32 home runs in 2549 plate appearances last year.

    This is true, but how much of that was the A’s employed a lot of lousy hitters?

  6. AndrewYF says:

    Guess I won’t be drafing ‘sui in any of my fantasy leagues next year…

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