As I mentioned in my opening post, I am a Yankee fan. And it was officially announced yesterday that Hideki Matsui would be signing with the Angels as their starting DH. Although I’m saddened to see him go, I’d like to personally thank him (like he even cares or would ever read this) for what he’s done for us during the past seven years. It’s been dampened with injuries here and there, but his 2009 World Series performance will keep his name etched in Yankee immportality for decades. In the Fall Classic, he hit .615 with three home runs.
The 35 year-old former Japanese league MVP reportedly signed a one-year deal worth around $6.5 million. This signing also means that veteran slugger, Vladimir Guerrero, will most likely retire.
Along with the signing of Matsui, the Red Sox came to terms with all-star starting pitcher, John Lackey. This is supposedly a five-year deal, which gives the Sox pitching staff even more depth and talent, as they try to rebound from an ALDS exit in ’09.
In 2009, two of baseball’s most prominent starting pitchers were Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. Lee pitched the Phillies to their second straight World Series birth, while Halladay performed tremendously as his Blue Jays sunk to the bottom end of the AL East yet again. Yesterday, it was reported that Halladay was very close to getting traded to Lees’ Phillies, while Lee would be traded to Seattle for prospects in the same deal. Here’s how the three-team trade currently looks, although it’s not final.
To Philly: Roy Hallady (from Toronto), P Phillippe Aumont and OF Tyson Gillies (both from Seattle)
To Toronto: OF Michael Taylor, C Travis d’Arnaud and P Kyle Drabek (all from Philadelphia)
To Seattle: Cliff Lee (from Philadelphia)