Rumor mill had Johnny Damon as a likely man to fill the job. Tuesday brings the name of another Yankee veteran: Hideki Matsui.
The New York Post reports that the team has “contacted” Hideki Matsui about the opening. The last time the 37-year-old Matsui was in a Yankees uniform, it was Game 6 of the 2009 World Series and he tied a Series record with six RBIs in that game before being named the Series MVP, the first full-time DH to earn the award. After all, he had batted .615 with three homers and eight RBIs in the Series.
The Yanks may be hoping he can revive some of those heroics. He spent last season with the Oakland Athletics, batting .251 with 12 homers and 72 RBIs. “Matsui was a great fit for us last year and we all loved having him on our team,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said Monday, the Post reports. “But this year it doesn’t look like a fit for us based on the personnel we have going forward.