Rays Release Hideki Matsui

The Rays released Hideki Matsui, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (on Twitter). Tampa Bay had designated Matsui for assignment one week ago.

The Rays signed Matsui to a minor league deal in April and he appeared in 34 games with the team. The 38-year-old posted a .147/.214/.221 batting line with two home runs in 103 plate appearances. Wasserman Media Group represents Matsui, who is now a free agent.

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