Hot Stove 2010: Interest in Matsui overstated


There was a shockwave a couple of days ago when a Japanese media outlet claimed that the Red Sox were prepared to make a multi-year offer to Yankees free agent Hideki Matsui. I was skeptical about the rumor from the beginning, because Matsui can still hit and get on base, but he’s owner of two arthritic knees and can’t really play the field anymore. Even if relegated to DH duty, I’m not sure you can count on him as an everyday option.

Now it’s being reported that Boston’s interest in the slugger is nothing beyond just thinking about him as an option. He’s a DH, and we have one of those already.

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3 Responses to Hot Stove 2010: Interest in Matsui overstated

  1. Jeff Carini says:

    Maybe this is just a bit of posturing to light a fire under Ortiz?

  2. redsoxtalk says:

    I’m not sure if this management team works like that. However, I do think they try to plan for contingencies all the time. Perhaps they inquired about what kind of deal Matsui might be looking for, just to have the info handy. They always evaluate on value and decide from there.

  3. jmmnewaov2 says:

    They always evaluate on value and go from there –

    Sure they do

    Penny Smoltz and Baldelli all signed as value buys going into 2009 and all are now ex-Red Sox. Theo better do a better job in 2010 or he will be competing with Omar Minaya for the next vacancy…

    justmemike
    http://jmmnewaov2.wordpress.com/

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