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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  1. InvalidUserID 3 years ago

    Stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  2. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Abreu and Matsui, both gone the same day. The DH’s are dropping like flies. Who is the LAST DH standing and will even end up with a 10m+ contract next year? (drum roll please) David Ortiz of course.

    • Perhaps Berkman who could DH for the Astros next year, end his career with them?

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

        Took me a minute to remember the Astros are moving to the AL next year.

        Even though he’s still a good hitter I’d think teams will be wary about giving Berkman $10M next season.

        • Chris Whitby 3 years ago

          If he still wants to play, I think he’s more in line for a low-base, incentive-laden deal for 2013. I guess it depends what he’s willing to play for at age 38. Would be nice to see him come back for at least one more season since the man could always hit.

  3. Andy Repinski 3 years ago

    Should have signed Vlad instead…

  4. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    If Hideki Matsui could hit in The NL, Why cant The Giants take a chance on him.

  5. Marinersforever71 3 years ago

    Jack Z. of the Mariners, please pick up Hideki Matsui or Bobby Abreu off waiver trade for either infielder Chone Figgins or pitcher Jordan Shippers or Jose Torres since the team can use some help on offense, esp. to teach some younger players on how to win games consistently just like during the days w/ the New York Yankees.

    • ugen64 3 years ago

      … what?

    • Chris Whitby 3 years ago

      I don’t know man, are you really going to get better output from Matsui or Abreu than you would from a Carp/Montero combo? You would get a good OBP from Abreu, but I’d prefer that the M’s give the ABs to others since their playoff prospects for 2012 don’t look great.

    • You guys just got rid of Ichiro, though…

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