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.