Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Matsui Might be on the Move

The Yankees and the San Fransisco Giants are discussing a deal which would send Hideki Matsui across the continent.

The problem is Matsui has a no trade clause and has always insisted that he likes New York. The NY Post is reporting that Matsui might be in favor of a move to the bay area.

Next season the Yankees are going to use Johnny Damon in left field with Jason Giambi and Matsui splitting time at DH. This possibility of a reduced roll is the reason Matsui is supposedly open to the chance of leaving.

The Giant's have reportedly offered pitcher Noah Lowry, but the Yankees are not interested. They would rather acquire pitchers Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain in a deal, but the Giants are hesitant to include either. Instead there is a possibility of 25-year old lefty Jonathan Sanchez coming to New York. Sanchez was 1-5 last season with a 5.88 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. No his numbers aren't good, but the Yankees could use him as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen. Last season lefties hit .197 off him.

Matsui has two years and $26 million remaining on his contract and may request an extension in exchange for waiving his no trade clause.

If the Yankees did trade Matsui that doesn't take Melky Cabrera out of future talks for starting pitchers. There is a possibility either Randy Winn or Dave Roberts could be included in a trade with the Giants. It is also reported by the Post that the Yanks may target free-agent center fielder Corey Patterson.

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