Report: Yankees Have Been in Contact With Hideki Matsui


January 16, 2012

The Yankees continue to check in with some veterans regarding their designated hitter's spot this season. Old friend Hideki Matsui is reportedly the latest.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that there has been some contact between Matsui and the Yankees, who are actively looking for a DH after dealing Jesus Montero for pitcher Michael Pineda on Friday.

Matsui spent seven seasons with the Yankees from 2003 to 2009, before spending 2010 with the Angels and 2011 with the Athletics. The Yankees reportedly have limited funds to spend on a designated hitter, which makes Matsui a good low-cost option.

The 37-year-old finished last season with 12 home runs, 72 RBIs and a .251 average. In his last season with New York in 2009, Matsui batted .274, hit 28 home runs and drove in 90 runs during the regular season, before being named World Series MVP later that postseason.

The Yankees have reportedly also been in contact with Johnny Damon and Carlos Pena about their DH vacancy.

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