White Sox considering Matsui
With an eye toward left-handed power production, the White Sox have engaged free agent Hideki Matsui in conversation, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated. Matsui, 36, is coming off a solid season as the Angels’ primary designated hitter and would be an excellent fit in Chicago’s lineup. The cozy dimensions of U.S. Cellular Field also would have appeal to the legendary slugger from Japan.
Matsui expressed an interest in returning to the Angels, but they prefer to keep the DH open to a revolving cast of weapons. Matsui handled his occasional assignments in left field capably in ’10 and was running better than he has in several years. He could handle a start a week, maybe two, in left without a problem. — Lyle Spencer