Former Yomiuri Giants star Hideki Matsui made news earlier this month with his decision to take a job with the New York Yankees. The move was seen as a curious one here for several reasons.

The question many are asking is: "Why would Matsui take a lower-level job with the Yankees when he could have been the manager of the Giants?"

In an effort to try and solve this riddle, I spoke with several people connected with NPB and MLB to get their thoughts on the matter. In the process I obtained some very interesting insight into Matsui's possible logic for the move.