INDIANAPOLIS – Talk of World Series MVP and free agent Hideki Matsui is gradually picking up steam at baseball’s winter meetings.
ESPN has reported that the Chicago White Sox have a very serious interest in signing Matsui and have already looked at medical reports on his surgically repaired knees.
“A source close to Matsui said that the free agent is not looking for a long-term deal but would be happy with one or two years in hopes of rejuvenating himself as an outfielder and DH,” ESPN said.
Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday at a news conference in Indianapolis, “I know Matsui has been talked about internally in our organization, and he’s a guy that we would definitely consider bringing on board.”
Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, meanwhile, said he has talked with some teams while talks continue with the New York Yankees.
Matsui hopes to return to the Yankees next season and play outfield, but the club has seen him strictly as a DH.