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12/4/2010: Hisanori Takahashi, Hideki Matsui

by on Dec.04, 2010 @ 3:48 pm, under MLB

Hisanori Takahashi arrived at Haneda airport early this morning after holding a press conference in Anaheim on the 3rd (Japan time) to announce his 2-year, US$8M deal with the Angels.  Takahashi spoke to reporters and said that he felt a little sad that he could only face one Japanese player this year (Kenshin Kawakami) and that he was really looking forward to facing batters like Ichiro Suzuki and Tsuyoshi Nishioka next year.

When asked about his potential role in middle relief, Takahashi said that he'd rather not think about that at this time and just focus on keeping himself motivated by assuming that he needs to win a job.

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Nikkan Sports is concerned that the market for Hideki Matsui might be dwindling: the White Sox signed Adam Dunn, re-signed AJ Pierzynski, and now have a shot at bringing Paul Konerko back, meaning they won't need a DH; the Tigers signed Victor Martinez and are probably no longer in the market for a full-time DH; while the A's are still rumored to be interested in Matsui, they're also taking a look at Lance Berkman; and the Angels don't appear to be interested in bringing Matsui back, at least not yet.

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Yoshihiro Doi returned to Japan on Friday and told reporters that he felt he did well at the tryout and was able to show off everything he prepared.  Doi has not received any offers as of now, but the Brewers, Giants, and Orioles apparently sent scouts to watch his outings.