July 19, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Hideki Matsui (35) at bat against the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Hideki Matsui Released by Rays

The Rays had hoped Matsui could provide some stability and offense as they struggled through injuries early

on this year.  However, Matsui just didn’t hit.  Now, he has requested his release from the Rays after being designated for assignment, and that release was granted.

In 2012, Matsui has played 35 games and collected 95 at-bats.  He was hitting just .147/.214/.221.  He is a lifetime .282 hitter, but he just couldn’t get it done in his limited action with the Rays.

Tampa Bay has gotten most of their injured players back. Matt Joyce is back, Evan Longoria is back, B.J. Upton is still on the team.  All of this left little room for an almost nonexistent bat on the roster.

With the release, Matsui now becomes a free agent and can sign with any team willing to take him on.

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  • #1 yankee

    COME BACK TO NYC GODZILLA ,we want you!

  • #1 yankee

    join the yankees and finish with the team that holds the majority of your greatest highlights, time for more before you retire.

  • #1 yankee

    yankees sign 38 yr old suzuki , why not sign matsui as dh and let him do what he do with the bat, he just needs to come back to his home,where fans will welcome him back with open arms and show him support he needs.