The 2009 World Series has ended and 2009-2010 hot stove league has started. The Seattle Mariners are in need of a power hitter as they have one of the worst offenses in the league (OPS, OBP, BA, R, BB are league worst, HR ranked 11th in the league).
Who should they go after? Big free agents like Matt Holliday are probably untouchable as a big city team will offer him a huge contract the Mariners can't match.
So, the M's need to go after guys who have an injury history but still have upside. Is there a guy who fits that? Hideki Matsui is your answer.
The World Series MVP Matsui is hitting free agency. The Yankees probably won't bring him back, as they have other DH-type players like Jorge Posada, and too many outfielders in Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher, and soon-to-be called up Austin Jackson.
Matsui can't play defence as his knee condition is not looking good, but still, he is a decent hitter, posting .274 BA/.367 OBP/.509 SLG along with 28 HRs and 90 RBI.
He is projected as a Type B free agent, so signing him won't cost a draft pick.
Ken Griffey Jr., the Mariners starting DH this year, obviously wasn't sharp, although he stayed healthy throughout the year. The Kid is willing to return next year, but he is currently a backup DH at best.
Matsui probably won't be too expensive, as he will turn 36 next year and has an extensive injury history. Maybe a two-year, $12-14 million offer would bring Matsui from New York to Seattle?
Keep in mind that the M's are off the hook on players like Adrian Beltre, Miguel Batista, Kenji Johjima, Jarrod Washburn, and Erik Bedard, so they have some money to use to fill their need. Let the discussion begin.
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