According to NPBtracker’s twitter, the Mets have asked to see the results of a Hideki Matsui physical. That could be Omar Minaya simply kicking the tires and turning over every rock, or it could be legitimate interest in putting Matsui in the outfield.
It a lot of ways, Matsui would make sense for the Mets. They certainly need a bat, especially in the outfield and especially one that hits for power. If Matsui can legitimately play left field, he could give that lineup a boost, and Matsui wouldn’t have to leave New York, which might be appealing to him and make him more likely to sign.
It makes no sense in one very obvious way. Matsui has played a total of 23 games in the outfield the past two seasons. Using a medical report to decide he can play there again would be a giant leap of faith.
That said, when MLB.com’s depth chart lists your starting left fielder as Angel Pagan, I guess any and every option is on the table.
• Baseball America has listed the top prospects from the Arizona Fall League. It’s subscription only and has few surprises and no Yankees. BA has also listed some players to watch in the Rule 5. Of their top 10, two are Yankees. Of their second 10, one is a Yankee. We’ll get much more into the Rule 5 candidates in the coming days.
• Speaking of Baseball America, editor John Manuel ranked the minor league systems of every organization for SI.com. He put the top five in order, the bottom five in order and split the middle 20 into a top half and lower half. The Yankees made the top half of the middle group (so did the Red Sox).
• Jerry Crasnick ranks Ben Sheets as one of the potential winter bargains. Given the Yankees depth of young, upper-level starters (Kennedy, Nova, Kontos, McAllister, Sanchez, etc.) I tend to think an injury risk like Sheets or Rich Harden makes sense for the Yankees if they can get him at a reasonable price, though that might not be possible.