When asked if he would be interested in managing Matsui, Guillen replied: “I don’t mind. I managed two Japanese players and had fun.
” … We got room for a lot of people. We need one more guy. It could be him. He has to show us he can play the outfield, too.”
Both Chicago teams deftly danced around inquiries from Japanese media members about free agent Hideki Matsui, the World Series MVP from the Yankees. With the Sox having plenty of DH candidates and Ozzie talking about outfield defense and the Cubs having no place to put Matsui, Chicago won’t be his landing place.
High on the White Sox wish list is Japanese outfielder/DH Hideki Matsui. According to sources, Matsui is looking to be a part-time outfielder/DH. He’s also said to be looking for a one or two-year deal at the most. Matsui’s goal is to play for a contender and try to be able to re-establish himself in the outfield, dealing with knee surgeries over his career.
Guillen added that he liked what he saw in the World Series from the Yankees’ Hideki Matsui, who is a free agent, and that the Sox might have room. However, Guillen cited the need for Matsui to play defense, as well.
Guillen on the Hideki Matsui to the Sox rumor that won’t go away. “I like what I see in the World Series, yeah,” Guillen said. “He’s got to play the outfield for a little while. I never tell Kenny who to sign and who to release – well a couple guys to release. I told Kenny, ‘Hey, I don’t want this guy at the ballpark.’ And there’s one guy where I said to Kenny, ‘Hey, can we keep this guy?’ And that was Kotsay.” According to the Japanese media, however, Matsui is looking for a multi-year deal that will pay him $10 million a year. Next.