In today's News Tribune, our columnist John McGrath writes about Hideki Matsui and the pros and cons of the Mariners signing him as a free agent.
This is something he and I have discussed over beers and something I've talked about with several other people as well.
If it was a one or two-year deal at $8 or $9 million a season, I don't know that I would be opposed to it.
According to the highly useful and awesome Cot's Baseball Contracts, Matsui made $13 million this season. He isn't getting that much for next season. The guy can't play the field and his knees are just a mess. But the last two seasons where he played more than 140 games - 2007 and 2009 - he hit at least 25 homers and 90 RBI while posting an OPS of at least .850.
There's two guys on the 2009 Mariners that even come close to that production.
As John points out, many of the Mariners postseason decisions could be based on what Ken Griffey Jr. decides to do. It sounds as though we could find out about that decision soon.
I kind of doubt Matsui ends up here. But I'd be interested to hear what you think.