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Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:26 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 6:40 pm
By Matt Snyder

In an interesting twist of fate, the Yankees are going to limit spending. Yes, when it comes to grabbing a designated hitter -- to put in the spot vacated by the now-traded Jesus Montero -- the Bronx Bombers are only going to spend between $1 million and $2 million on a DH, reports insider Jon Heyman.

Heyman also notes that won't be enough to get Carlos Pena and probably can't grab former Yankee Johnny Damon either. One guy they could probably afford? The 2009 World Series MVP, Hideki Matsui. And Heyman reports there has been some contact between Matsui's representatives and his former ballclub.


Matsui is 37 and coming off easily the worst season of his career. He hit just .251/.321/.375 with 12 homers and 72 RBI in 141 games. He's definitely on the downside of his career, but he hit well for the Angels in 2010. Plus, playing half his games in Oakland last season sure didn't help matters. He hit a dreadful .236/.323/.340 at home.

Also to consider, if the Yankees do sign Matsui, the differences in how the home parks play will be significant. Being a left-handed hitter, Matsui would benefit greatly from playing half his games in Yankee Stadium -- a venue that is really easy on lefties and where he's hit 17 home runs in 299 career regular-season at-bats.

Further, the Yankees know Matsui can deal with playing in New York and is familiar with many of the current Yankees.

So, yes, this move would make perfect sense for both sides.

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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:21 pm

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

I'm tired of the Yankees acting like they are shopping at the Goodwill for a toaster.Forget Matsui,Damon,Mel Hall,and all the other washed up .240 batting averages that are out there.We already have that in Jones (don't know why they wanted him back either).Get a decent DH.You've got excess pitching.Make a trade.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:18 pm

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

matsui would be a good fit for the bronx bomers, he can still give them decent production and they can still limit their spending when it comes to signing him.. 

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:00 pm

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

Matsui can still deliver. 2011 was a fluke year as Bob Geren the A's manager did not play Matsui regularly in the first half. Once the A's fired Geren and hired Melvin to manage, Matsui got regular at bats and his 2nd half stats improved greatly. As a person who has followed Matsui since he left the Yankees, I can tell you that he still has it.

Look back to game 6 of the 2009 W.S and you will see that bringing Matsui back to the Bronx is the right move. Look at the video of the ring ceremony in 2010 and you will see the emotion in Matsui's eyes. Matsui will always consider himself a Yankee in his heart.

Make it so yankee brass, bring Godzilla back to the Bronx in 2012. He will do his part in helping the team bring home title 28 in 2012!

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:23 pm

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

Go go godzilla!

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:57 pm

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

If the Yankees do, in fact, stick to their guns about ultimately lowering the payroll to $189M - and... they're going to "go econimical" at DH, then yeah, why not bring back Matsui?

He'll platoon with A. Jones and as various posts have pointed out here, he has proven he's got no problems under the Big Apple spotlight.  And we all know he hits in the clutch.  Good new come October.

Class act, model citizen.

I too had thought maybe the Yankess COULD be layinh in the weeds on Prince for DH, but:
1) For what it's worth, Prince has stated he does NOT want to DH (however, lots of money would probably change his mind...
2) More importantly, as I also think I saw below, we all know that A-Rod's got full-time DH duties coming somehwere down the not-too-distant road.  I think THIS one's the bigger impediment to the Yanks going after Prince.

If it happens, welcome back, Hideki.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:48 pm

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

There seems to be a lot of mixed opinion.  Yeah, Matsui HAS been clutch, but he IS older.  Yes, platooning could help, but he wouldn't have consistent playing time.  Yes, Godzilla IS cheap by MLB standards, but if NY fails to get to another series, especially with the pitching upgrades and a healthy A-Rod, Matsui's return will be highly scrutinized as cheap to a fault. If he returns, he better deliver.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:47 pm

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

A LH Powerbat like Prince in Yankee Stadium what a novel idea.  Don't think the Yankees aren't entertaining the idea no matter what the cost is.  Problem is do they really want to lose Tex?  Somebody has to play 1B most everyday to be happy and a $180 to $200 mil DH just isn't going to happen.  The decision would be easier if Prince or Tex could play another position like 3rd base.  If Fielder can be signed for $20 mil a year and is happy just swinging lumber ala David Ortiz it can happen.  Cashman wouldn't endorse the deal and if he did it wouldn't matter...Hank runs the team like his Dad and the chip doesn't fall far from the log.  As for Matsui, the Yanks can find a better DH that can spell Tex or ARod but realisticly the price tag is more than the $1 or $2 mil being bandied about here.  The Evil Empire has already done enough signing Pineda and Kuroda to make a run at the AL East title for the umteenth time.  Those to signings keep Yankee Nation placated this year.  But seriously Cashman and Hank are thinking a little farther ahead with an aging Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and positioning the Yankees for their replacements.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:00 am

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

In my opinion you can platoon Jones and Matsui so you can keep them both fresh. If the money is right why not bring him back. We already know he can play in NY. So if Matsui wants to come back and play for the Yankees as the DH I'm all for it. Those ones out that say why not Posada, because he proofed last year he cant be a DH full time he needs to play more often. So bring back Matsui and let go after another World Series.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:51 am

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

Welcome Back Hideki!!!!

Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:12 am

Yankees might bring back Hideki Matsui

 Return of Godzilla,,,sounds fun,,why not?!!!

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