Hideki Matsui is headed west. The World Series MVP and the Los Angeles Angels have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract worth about US$6.5 million. “I can confirm that we are in serious discussions with the Angels,” Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
Matsui surpassed 100 RBIs four times in seven seasons with the Yankees after coming over from Japan, where he was an enormous star. He just completed a $52 million, four-year contract with New York. Matsui hit .274 with 28 homers and 90 RBIs last season, then was selected World Series MVP despite starting only three of the six games against Philadelphia. He went 8-for-13 (.615) with three homers and eight RBIs, tying a Series record by driving in six runs in Game 6.
Slowed by surgically repaired knees, the 35-year-old Matsui would replace Vladimir Guerrero as Los Angeles’ primary designated hitter.