Kazuo Matsui told reporters after his practice session today that he was happy with the deal he signed with the Rakuten Eagles and that he was relieved it was done. It seems that Senichi Hoshino was instrument in his decision to sign with the Eagles.
Said Matsui, "I got a good vibe. And when I talk to the manager, I get really excited."
Another report mentions that a message given to Matsui from Hoshino during negotiations sealed the deal. The note apparently said something along the lines that the Eagles were a new team and that Hoshino wanted to make history with Matsui.
For the time being, it appears Matsui will be manning short.