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Japanese MLB Players: Angels pushing for Hideki Matsui?

by on Nov.16, 2009 @ 7:57 am, under MLB

According to Sponichi, the Angels could begin a strong push to sign Hideki Matsui.

"We'll be using Hunter, Abreu, and Rivera in the outfield [next season].  But Rivera only played about 120 games in left field this past season.  And we'll continue to give him days off moving forward and that's where Matsui could get a chance to play the outfield," said Angels' GM Tony Reagins.

He continued, "We'll obviously want to keep an eye on his knees, and we'd make sure we'd keep him at about 20-40 starts.  The important thing would be to have him in the line-up for every game."

If Vladmir Guerrero walks, Sponich figures that the Angels can take the money they save and put it towards Matsui.

...In other Matsui-related news...

...Japan is going ga-ga over Matsui.

Not only has he received 5 new offers to appear in commercials, but he's also received about 100 interview requests.

Matsui is already under contract with Mizuno, Komatsu, and Kirin Beverage for commercial appearances.

"I can take my time, I'm in no rush," said Matsui. "I also need to think about my training.  I'm not really doing anything right now."

Rumor has it, Matsui makes about 100M yen for each commercial he appears in.