Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 4/23/12

Jack Curry of the YES Network is reporting that the Tampa Bay Rays are signing Hideki Matsui to a minor league deal. Last season, Matsui played for the A's, and he had his worst season yet in America. Matsui had a .696 OPS and homered just 12 times in 141 games.

Matsui will be 38 in June, and his best years are clearly behind him. Since leaving the Yankees after the 2009 season, Matsui has just 33 homers and has accrued only 1.8 fWAR in 286 games. He hasn't played the field full-time since the 2008 season, and is essentially just a DH at this point in his career.

But right now in Tampa Bay, Luke Scott was signed in the offseason as a free agent to DH, and seems entrenched at the position with a .910 OPS, three homers, and 14 RBI in 12 games played so far this year. The Rays signed another former A's hitter, Brandon Allen, on Thursday, and he has the same general limitations as Matsui. Allen has the "ability" to play first base, but isn't good there defensively. With Allen and now Matsui in the fold, the Rays have a plethora of options at DH in case Scott falters or gets injured. They're not the sexiest names on the planet, but Allen could probably hold his own offensively, while Matsui would at least be another veteran bat for a young team.

At the end of the day, this signing won't make too many waves in the AL East. But hell, it's a minor league deal that will probably pay him close to the league minimum, so it's not going to exactly cripple the Rays either.

[follow]

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The Baltimore Orioles tied an MLB record they can’t be proud of

Report: Knicks afraid of Porzingis rebelling, hurting their image

Report: Blake Griffin opts out of contract to become free agent

Report: Wolves targeting Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday, other point guards in free agency

Conor McGregor’s coach says tentative plans include a return to UFC in 2017

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mets open for business on the trade market

Markelle Fultz believes the Sixers are already a playoff team

Report: Jimmy Butler’s attitude toward Fred Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

St. Louis Cardinals to hold first LGBTQ Pride Night

John Mara: Extending Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t team’s No. 1 priority

Mike Trout reportedly wanted to sign ‘lifetime deal’ with Angels

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker