Hideki Matsui: 5 Reasons He's the Perfect Clutch Bat for the Rays in October

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Hideki Matsui: 5 Reasons He's the Perfect Clutch Bat for the Rays in October
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Hideki Matsui could be the 2012 Dan Johnson for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Although the season is likely not to end with the same excitement as last season's Game 162 the Rays are expected by many to have the same result, a trip to the postseason.

With reports that the Rays are close to signing the 37-year-old DH to a minor league deal there are questions about how much he has left in his bat to contribute.

Some of the initial reaction included Cork Gaines from Rays Index suggesting that he will be nothing more than an insurance policy for Luke Scott.

If you take a look at his numbers over his career it is clear that signing him makes absolute sense for the franchise. His numbers over his career show strengths in his game that would bring a lot of value to the team. In the event it doesn't work out they are only on the hook for a minor-league deal.

Here are five reasons he could be a pivotal contributor to a postseason run for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012.

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