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Matsui to sign minor-league deal



The Rays are expected to sign DH/OF Hideki Matsui to a minor-league deal.

Matsui would likely go to extended spring training in Port Charlotte then report to Triple-A Durham providing, at the least, insurance if current DH Luke Scott were to sustain an injury.

Matsui, 37, has played nine seasons in the majors, with the Yankees, Angels and last year with Oakland. He has a career .285 average with 173 homers and an .830 OPS. Last season with Oakland, he hit .251 with 12 homers and 72 RBIs in 141 games.

Jack Curry of the YES Network first reported the news.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:40am]


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