A's and Hideki Matsui finalize deal

BY foxsports • December 14, 2010

The Oakland Athletics have landed their new designated hitter.

The A's and free agent slugger Hideki Matsui finalized a one-year contract Tuesday after he passed a physical. The sides had agreed to terms during the weekend.

Oakland planned an afternoon news conference to formally introduce Matsui, who provides a reliable bat in the middle of the order that general manager Billy Beane was seeking this offseason.

The 36-year-old Matsui batted .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs last season with the Los Angeles Angels, the Athletics' AL West rival. He spent his first seven major league seasons with the New York Yankees and was MVP of the 2009 World Series.

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