SEATTLE - Hideki Matsui #55 of the Oakland Athletics hits a RBI single in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Rays enjoyed decent production from their DH last year, Johnny Damon, but they ditched him to sign Luke Scott for $6 million. That's a costly player by Rays standards, and through 12 games, he has three homers and a .600 slugging percentage.
But another left-handed bat wouldn't hurt, certainly, and to that end, the Rays are reportedly about to sign Hideki Matsui to a minor-league deal:
Hideki Matsui is expected to soon sign a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Matsui hit .251 with 12 hrs and 72 RBI for A's last year— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) April 23, 2012
Matsui had an up-and-down year for the A's, and was one of the many left-handed veterans scrambling for the two DH spots that were eventually filled by Scott and Raul Ibanez.
The default left-handed bat on the Rays' bench is the newly acquired Brandon Allen, though Elliot Johnson is a switch-hitter. Matsui's signing might mean a trip to Durham for one of them. Or it might be trip to Durham for Matsui, from which he shall never escape. I hear Durham is nice this time of year.