Hideki Matsui, Oakland A's Agree On One-Year Contract

What once was close now is official - the Oakland A's have signed Hideki Matsui to a one-year contract.

According to Buster Olney, the deal is worth $4.25 million, which is notable given that Matsui made $6 million a year ago with the Angels, and more than double that in previous years with the Yankees. It makes this out to be a pretty nice deal for Oakland, given that Matsui's numbers last year were strong in a pitcher-friendly ballpark.

Susan Slusser says that an introductory press conference is expected around 3pm PT. There the A's will welcome their new designated hitter, who will be replacing the departed Jack Cust. Oakland's team leader in home runs last season was Kevin Kouzmanoff, who had 16, and the A's will look to Matsui to provide some much-needed power.

Matsui batted .274 with the Angels, with a .361 OBP, a .459 slugging percentage, and 21 home runs.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.