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1/24/2012: Hideki Matsui, Norichika Aoki

by on Jan.24, 2012 @ 11:41 am, under MLB

Hideki Matsui took two days off (January 20, 21) from training due to poor weather.  He was back to working out again on Sunday.

"I did not set a schedule [for my workouts].  I do what I can at the time.  If it rains, I stay at home and sleep.  I just need to be more or less ready to play baseball in about a month when Spring Training begins," said Matsui.

On Monday, he worked out in the rain.

"The sun was out in the morning.  I was tricked.  But I am ok, no problems."

Matsui plans to continue his workouts in Japan until he can secure a work visa, which means he will not be heading to the US until he signs with a team.

Via Nikkan Sports, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reports (and tweets) that the Detroit Tigers are interested in Matsui.

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Via Nikkan Sports, The Associated Press has additional details on Norichika Aoki's contract:

  • base US$2.25M with a max US$8,187,500 if the Milwaukee Brewers exercise his 2014 option AND he starts 140 games and plays 150 per season.
  • he will make US$1M this year and US1.25M next year.  The Brewers hold a US$1.5M option for 2014 with a US$250,000 buyout.
  • he can earned US$1,675,000 in performances bonuses this year and US$837,500 next year.  If his 2014 option is exercised, he could earn up to US$1,087,500 in performance bonuses.  Bonuses will be based on starts (100-140) and games (70-150).