St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Hideki Matsui reacts after he hit a pop up in the ninth inning to end the game against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
3 Total Updates since April 30, 2012
10 months ago Update 1 comment
Wednesday, though, he had a designation of another kind:
The Tampa Bay Rays have designated outfielder/designated hitter Hideki Matsui for assignment to make room for infielder Ryan Roberts
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) July 25, 2012
Matsui, now 38 years old, hit just .147/.214/.221 in 103 plate appearances with two home runs for the Rays. That’s an OPS+ of 24. Matsui didn’t hit very well with the A’s in 2011, either, posting a .696 OPS. It seems likely that Matsui’s major-league career is over.
That still leaves the Rays without an effective hitter to DH; they could use Roberts, but his OPS+ of 74 isn’t that much better. The Rays have had a black hole at DH most of 2012; their DH’s have combined to hit .210/.270/.362 this season, so the Rays could still scour the trade market for a better hitter before the deadline.
12 months ago Update 0 comments
The Tampa Bay Rays struck surprisingly early when filling their designated-hitter slot over the offseason. Incumbent Johnny Damon was booted out the back door, and Luke Scott was signed to a one year, $6 million deal that made him one of the highest-paid players on the Rays. Then the bottom fell out of the DH market, and there were all sorts of one-year options for cheap.
One of those options was Hideki Matsui, and he went the entire offseason without latching on to a team, signing with the Rays in the spring. With Luke Scott scuffling, the Rays are looking to give Matsui a shot:
Expect Matsui to join #Rays tomorrow— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 29, 2012
That "tomorrow" referred to Tuesday. Scott hit .213/.291/.348 in May after starting the season hot, but there are no indications that he's in danger of losing his job. Matsui is up to be a bat off the bench for now.
Matsui hit .170/.231/.213 without a home run in 47 at-bats for triple-A Durham, so it's not like he forced himself onto the roster, but presumably the Rays saw something they liked.
about 1 year ago Article 0 comments
The former Yankees and A's DH will report to extended spring training at Rays camp in Florida.