Rays Grant Matsui’s Release
By Richard Janvrin-TRST Senior MLB Analyst Follow Richard on Twitter: @RJanvrin3_TRST
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Time, via twitter, the Tampa Bay Rays have granted designated hitter Hideki Matsui his release from the team.
Matsui, 38, was signed as a minor league free agent by the Rays on April 30, 2012.
During his minor league tenure this season, he hit for .170/.231/.213 with 0 home runs and 4 RBIs through 13 games. In his major league action, he hit for a modest .147/.214/.221 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in 34 major league games. He collected just 14 hits.
According to Rays skipper, Joe Maddon, Matsui can still play, “just his mechanics need work.” Most people, including me, are speculating that this may be the beginning of the end for “Godzilla.”
Matsui spend the first 7 years of his major league career with the New York Yankees, played with the Angels in 2010 and with the Oakland Athletics in 2011.
Good luck with all future endeavors, Hideki Matsui.