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Rays expected to sign Matsui

Posted Apr 23, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 05:45 PM

The Rays are expected to sign former Yankee Hideki Matsui this week to a minor league contract, as reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network.

Matsui, 37, has not played since last season, so he will likely head to extended spring in Port Charlotte before joining the Triple A Durham Bulls.

The left-handed hitting Matsui would give the Rays another option at DH, though the position is currently filled by Luke Scott, another left-handed hitter.

Matsui, who spent 2011 with Oakland, did play 27 games last season in left field for the A’s, so he can add some depth in the outfield. Matsui hit .251 with 12 home runs, 72 RBI and a .321 on-base percentage 141 games withy the A’s.

In nine seasons, the first seven with the Yankees, Matsui hit .285 with 173 career home runs.

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