The Hideki Matsui hot stove is warming up. Let's see what the Japanese media has for us out of the GM meetings...
- Boston is reportedly considering Matsui as an alternative to Jason Bay. According to an insider quoted in Nikkan Sports, the BoSox are preparing a multi-year offer for Matsui to be the team's regular left fielder.
- The same Nikkan Sports article quotes a "no comment" from Jack Z on Matsui, and mentions the White Sox as another option.
- Daily Sports has some comments from Tony Reagins on Matsui: "At this point we've been watching him for a long time. When I ask 'can he play the outfield and keep runners from advancing?' the response I get is 'of course'. He can't go every day, but he can play defense." Still, Matsui profiles as a plan b for the Angels as well. "We aren't thinking of Matsui and (Vladimir) Guererro play together."
- The Hanshin Tigers are no longer interested in Matsui, citing his desire to remain in MLB.
Given that Matsui is "best of the rest" type candidate, it may take some of the other free agent DHs and left fielders signing before he finds a home. My non-Yankee picks for him remain the Orioles, White Sox and Mariners.