• Kyodo News


Kazuo Matsui is 50-50 between coming back to Japanese baseball and trying to play in the major leagues again.

“It’s 50-50 now,” the 34-year-old switch-hitting infielder said Wednesday at Narita airport upon his return from a disappointing season, mostly in the minors.

“What’s best for me is to join a team that needs me,” Matsui said. “Of course, I’m looking for a major league contract. But I haven’t gotten results, so I don’t think I’ll be offered major league deals.”

The Houston Astros released Matsui in May after he batted only .141 with no homers and one RBI in 27 games.

The Colorado Rockies then signed him to a minor league contract, and he stayed at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

“I’ll even think about starting in the minors,” Matsui said. “If I can get an offer, I don’t care what position I play, second base or shortstop. In minor league games, I could play shortstop better than expected.”

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