Jon Weisman of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports about an e-mail received by Tony Jackson stating that the Dodgers had a list of three players they were pursuing; one of them being Hideki Matsui.
Matsui has spent the duration of his career in the American League, playing nine seasons in America.
Since peaking in 2005 with the Yankees with a batting average of .305, Matsui’s production has slowly decreased. Last season with the Oakland Athletics, he hit just .251. He has posted double-digit home run numbers in all but two seasons.
The Dodgers should understand that Matsui’s worth is no longer on the field. I view him more as a Jim Thome-type of player; a player who has much value with the bat, but not with a glove.
Matsui is a .311 lifetime hitter off of the bench with a home run and nine RBIs. At Dodger Stadium, Matsui has played in five games. He hit .400 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.