After ten years in the major leagues and another ten playing for Japan’s Yomiuri Giants, outfielder Hideki Matsui is set to announce his retirement in press conference this afternoon, according to a report from Sanspo (Japanese link). The 38-year-old hooked on with the Rays last season and appeared in 34 games before being released in August.
Matsui made a major splash stateside in December 2002 when he signed a three-year deal worth $21MM with the Yankees. He would then re-up in 2005 on a four-year, $52MM deal which made him the highest paid Japanese player in baseball at the time, surpassing the Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki. Matsui stayed with the Bombers through 2009, posting a slash line of .292/.370/.482 with 140 home runs over that span.
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