There is a story about free agent outfielder/designated hitter Hideki Matsui possibly targeted by the Boston Red Sox that ran in Sankei Sports in October 16th, 2009. Per request, I have translated it here. original story can be found here (broken link).
“Red Sox targets Hideki Matsui as replacement for Bay”
It is become known that Red Sox is considering Hideki Matsui, who will become Free agent after this season, as a replacement outfielder if Jason Bay departs. Red Sox will be scouting Hideki Mastsui’s performance at the plate in the ALCS against Angels.
Red Sox’s were swept by the Angels in ALDS, and they have turned their eyes for the next season. In their strategy, Matsui’s name was found in the list of possible outfielder that club is targeting for acquisition for next season.
The Red Sox’s starting left fielder, Jason Bay is likely to declare free agency this off season. GM Theo Esptein only says that sides are going to be negotiating, and keeping their silence. But combining comments from multiple inside sources, following are the reason for Red Sox to seriously consider Matsui as Bay’s replacement.
- Fenway’s left field, with 11.3-meter-tall Green Monster, is narrower than other parks that it is less burden on Matsui’s knees.
- Matsui hits well in Fenway Park. In 7 years, he is hitting .331, 8 HR, 32 RBI. Not only they’ll add outfield bat, but will remove “Red Sox killer” from Yankees lineup.
- Last off-season Red Sox signed many players with risk to low-base and high-incentive contracts. Matsui, who did not play outfield, would fit that profile, as his outfield defense is unproven and knee problem may reoccur.
Hideki Matsui says that his first choice is to stay with the Yankees, but if Yankees decides to let him walk, the “rival” could step in to sign the outfielder.