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Hideki Matsui Loses Patience with New York Yankees, Goes Hollywood

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:  (L-R) Robinson Cano #24 and Hideki Matsui #55 of the New York Yankees celebrate after Matsui hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Alan ShimelCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

The exodus of Yankees to LA LA land continues. First Joe Torre and his peeps went to Hollywood to take the Dodgers to the next level. Now World Series hero Hideki Matsui has left for the land of the setting sun and signed a one year deal with the Angels. The question is, what was the rush?

Matsui reportedly signed for the relatively paltry sum of $6.5 million for the year. It seems to me he could have picked up that kind of MLB chump change at any time. If you believe he really wanted to finish out his career with the Yankees, why didn't he wait the two weeks to see how the Johnny Damon situation resolves?

If Damon and his agent Scott Boras don't cave in to the Yankees desire for only a two year deal, the Yankees would have supposedly passed on Johnny D and pursued Hideki. At 6.5m for one year, the Yankees could do that with their eyes closed.  

So why wouldn't Matsui have waited two more weeks? My guess is that deep down Hideki resents the Yankees for not at least giving him a chance to play the outfield. He realizes that at DH the Yankees are crowded with older players who need the rest from the field, but if he could fill in once in a while in the field it would make a big difference.

Let's face it, could he be much worse then Nick Swisher? Another guess is that he was insulted that the Yankees wanted to give Damon the first shot and Hideki would be sloppy seconds.  Godzilla does not have to play second fiddle to any man. 

In any event this puts the Yankees in a bit of a pickle. Now they better sign Damon. Unless you Yankee fans relish the idea of an opening day lineup with Melky in left field and Juan Miranda at DH. Or maybe Brian Cashman has some Steinbrenner millions in the budget for another left fielder/DH. Matt Holliday anyone?

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