Thursday, December 6, 2007

Hideki Matsui

According to various reports today, the San Francisco Giants have inquired to the Yankees about the availability of Hideki Matsui. As a Yankee fan, I am supposed to be outraged. I'm supposed to shudder at the thought of Matsui in anything but the Yankee pinstripes. Here's the problem: I'm fine with it.

I like Matsui. I've liked him ever since he came to the Yanks in 2003. However, let's look at the possible return for Matsui. Tim Lincecum, San Fran's version of Phil Hughes. Matt Cain, whose 3.65 ERA speaks louder volumes than his 16 losses on a bad team. These two are solid young starters. And while Matsui consistently puts up very workman-like numbers (you can pencil him in for .290, 25, 100 every year), I will again look at the numbers. Specifically, his postseason numbers over the past three years.

2005: .200, 1 HR, 1 RBI
2006: .250, 0 HR, 1 RBI
2007: .182, 0 HR, 0 RBI

I love Matsui. But for Lincecum or Cain, if I'm Cashman I have to consider pulling the trigger.


Travis Miller said...

Matt Cain was considered "the next Roger Clemens" before Joba came around

Michael J. Clark said...

ladies and gentlemen, travis and i have agreed on something!!!

Stephen Lombardo said...

Matt Cain won't be traded for Matsui. It will most likely be someone along the lines of a Noah Lowry. Why trade Matsui for Cain when you can get Rios for Cain? I think their intention is to build their rotation around Lincecum and Cain, with of course Zito being there for the next 6 years.

Travis Miller said...

I'd definitely take Rios over Matsui but the fact they're looking at both of them makes me think Rios talks fell through. I just feel bad for teams like the blue jays. They're stocked with talent but won't finish above 3rd place until they move to the N.L. Central