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Matsui to the Angels, one-year deal

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 14, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It appears several writers got the same email from Hideki Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem. He wrote to Sam saying, “I can confirm that we are in serious discussions with the Angels. I have no further comment.”

Tyler Kepner at the Times, though, is reporting that it’s a done deal with Matsui getting a one-year contract to become the Angels new designated hitter.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: The Associated Press agrees that the Matsui deal is done.

It’s the latest in what has been a surprisingly eventful day, especially for the Red Sox.

• All indications are that the top free agent starter, John Lackey, is going to Boston on a five-year deal.

• A source of considerable love-him-or-hate-him debate here in the LoHud comments, Mike Cameron is also linked to the Red Sox on a two-year deal.

• Also, the Red Sox are said to have offered Aroldis Chapman a $15.5-million deal, but that appears to be a long-standing offer. Chapman is supposed to throw a bullpen for several teams, including the Yankees, tomorrow.

• Away from Boston, the top pitcher on the trade market, Roy Halladay, seems to be heading for Philadelphia, which will then ship its top pitcher, Cliff Lee, to Seattle.

• Somewhere, Jason Michaels is wondering why no one cares that he signed with Houston.

UPDATE, 9:23 p.m.: The Associated Press has also confirmed the Cameron deal. Also, Kyle Drabek is now said to be a part of the Roy Halladay trade. So the Phillies are giving up Drabek, plus one of their top outfield prospects — probably Michael Taylor — and it seems J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton and top prospect Dominic Brown all took physicals and could be part of the deal. A significant part of that group, plus Cliff Lee? Doesn’t that seem like a lot to upgrade from Lee to Hallada? Maybe not, but I assumed when Lee was in the deal, the Phillies would only have to include one prospect and maybe a solid big leaguer like Blanton.

UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Apparently one of the Mariners’ prospects is going to Philly. That makes more sense.




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