On thing you have to respect and love about the Japanese baseball media: They leave no stone unturned. It seems that every baseball executive who takes time to talk is inevitably asked about Hideki Matsui. One of the latest was Angels general manager Tony Reagins.
“He’s a person we’ve talked about,” Reagins said. “But we have a lot of scenarios we can attack, whether through trade or free agency.”
There aren’t a lot of places where Matsui makes sense, but Los Angeles is one of them because of Valdimir Guerrero becoming a free agent. Brian Cashman has said the Yankees won’t make designated hitter a priority — which I think is the right decision — and you have to wonder if some other team could take advantage of that hesitation. If not, or if the market for Matsui is even more limited than believed, the Yankees might be able to get him pretty cheap.
One other thing, the Granderson-to-the-Yankees rumors haven’t gone away completely.
UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.: Much of the Granderson blockbuster rumors have been coming from New York and national baseball writers, but now some Arizona writers are in on the action. Diamondbacks beat writers Steve Gilbert and Nick Piecoro agree that a deal is “close” to happening.
*Tip of the hat to MLBTradeRumors.