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NY Times reports Hideki Matsui agreed to a contract with the Angels

by on Dec.15, 2009 @ 11:00 am, under Other

According to the NY Times, the Los Angeles Angels and Hideki Matsui have agreed to a one year deal.  The only thing that's keeping the deal from becoming official at this point is his upcoming physical.

Via the NY Times:

Matsui decided to take the Angels' offer rather than wait and see if the Yankees would bring him back. It was probably a wise move by Matsui, because while the Yankees never closed the door to his return, they have been very wary of making a commitment. Matsui will receive $6.5 million from the Angels, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

$6.5M?  Is that all it took to sign him?  I know Johnny Damon and Matsui are different types of players and Damon can supposedly still play the field, but Damon's also apparently asking for "no less than $13M."

But I guess neither player is really all that important, what with the Yanks trading for Curtis Granderson.

Still, it's a little difficult for me to imagine Matsui in another uniform.  And it also means even fewer Yankee games on BS1 next year (as if they weren't already getting the squeeze in favor of the Mariners and Red Sox).