OAKLAND CA - DECEMBER 14: Hideki Matsui arrives at a press conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 14 2010 in Oakland California. The Oakland Athletics signed designated hitter Hideki Matsui to a one-year deal worth $4.25 million plus possible incentives for the 2011 season. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
If you haven't heard already, the Rays are planning to sign Hideki Matsui to a minor league contract. Steve's going to have a more extensive look at him later, but for now lets consider what the signing means. The answer is not a whole lot. He's coming off his worst season in the majors -- he had a .696 OPS. Simply put, he's insurance. If Luke Scott gets hurt or Brandon Allen doesn't work out the Rays have a veteran bat waiting to take over.
It's a no risk situation for the Rays. If he hits well, awesome. If he sucks, oh well. Matsui has played a total of five minor league games in his life, and those were just rehab stints. He's going to look awfully funny sporting the Durham Bulls D on his cap.
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