The deal hasn’t been officially announced, but according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated it is expected to be worth around $7 million.
Matsui was not re-signed by the Yankees a year ago despite being the 2009 World Series MVP. A big reason for that was because from 2006 through 2009 Matsui constantly dealt with injuries both major and minor. He turned 36 last season and matched his lowest batting average and had his third lowest OPS of his career. He also insisted on playing in the outfield although he only started 17 games in left field last year.
The Yankees never had any interest in him this offseason. He’ll turn 37 in June and could see an even bigger decline even if he gets lucky and stays healthy all year. He’ll be the A’s DH which at this point is all he’s good for and the Yankees have Jorge Posada who is expected to fill that role.