Hideki Matsui and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $6 million, 1-year contract yesterday, bringing the World Series MVP and two-time All-Star to the American League West power.
Matsui hit .274 with 28 homers and 90 RBI last season for the New York Yankees, then was selected World Series MVP despite starting only three of the six games against the Phillies. He went 8-for-13 (.615) with three homers and eight RBI, tying a Series record by driving in six runs in the decisive Game 6.
"We are excited to have a player with talent that Hideki brings," Angeles general manager Tony Reagins said in a statement. "He is a professional hitter and we look forward to seeing him in an Angels uniform in 2010."
Matsui, 35, surpassed 100 RBI four times in seven seasons with the Yankees after arriving from Japan, where he was an enormous star. He just completed a $52 million, 4-year contract with New York.
Slowed by surgically repaired knees, Matsui will replace free-agent slugger Vladimir Guerrero as Los Angeles' primary designated hitter. Guerrero has also been hobbled by injuries and will turn 35 in February.
* Righthander John Lackey has finalized an $82.5 million, 5-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. The top pitcher in the free agent market joins a strong rotation that includes righthander Josh Beckett, and lefty Jon Lester. Lackey, 31, has a 102-71 regular-season record with a 3.81 ERA in eight seasons, all with the Angels.
The Red Sox also signed outfielder Mike Cameron to a 2-year contract. The three-time Gold Glove winner, who spent last season with Milwaukee, signed for a reported $7 million to $8 million a season.
* Reliever Mike Gonzalez and the Baltimore Orioles have reached a preliminary agreement on a $12 million, 2-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.
Gonzalez figures to get an opportunity to become Baltimore's closer. The 31-year-old lefthander was 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA and 10 saves last season for Atlanta.
* LaTroy Hawkins and the Milwaukee Brewers completed their $7.5 million, 2-year contract after agreeing to a deal last week at the meetings in Indianapolis, about 2 hours from where the righthanded reliever grew up in Gary, Ind. Hawkins, 37, spent the last 1 1/2 seasons with Houston.
* A police report says Cardinals third baseman David Freese had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 when he was arrested last weekend in suburban St. Louis for driving while intoxicated. That is nearly three times Missouri's legal limit of 0.08.