New York Yankees Continue To Look Towards Hideki Matsui

Evan SelleckContributor IIJanuary 16, 2012

Hideki Matsui
Hideki MatsuiEzra Shaw/Getty Images

Earlier this afternoon, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted via his official Twitter account that the New York Yankees are continuing to search for a designated hitter to add to their lineup, after trading Jesus Montero for pitcher Michael Pineda last Friday.

Matsui is a familiar entity on the Yankees roster. He played for the team for seven seasons, from 2003 to 2009. In 2010, Matsui wore the Angels cap, and in 2011 he played for the Athletics. It is no secret that several reports have indicated that the Yankees have a limited budget when it comes to their designated hitter position, so adding Matsui back to the lineup makes sense.

The Yankees have reportedly reached out to former Yankee Johnny Damon as well, and Carlos Pena could also be on tap to fill the role. However, the Yankees have yet to make an official statement regarding the move.