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Gary Matthews Jr.

40-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 225   DOB: 8/25/1974   BORN: San Francisco, CA   COLLEGE: Mission (CA) CC   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Opted out of contract with the Reds in July 2010 and became a free agent.

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The Phillies are considering signing Matthews to a minor league contract, CSNPhilly.com reports.

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Gary Matthews Jr. Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 30 MAJ TEX 131 526 475 72 121 47 25 5 17 55 9 2 47 90 1 3 0 .255 .320 .436 .756
2006 31 MAJ TEX 147 690 620 102 194 69 44 6 19 79 10 7 58 99 0 8 4 .313 .371 .495 .866
2007 32 MAJ LAA 140 579 516 79 130 47 26 3 18 72 18 4 55 102 0 6 2 .252 .323 .419 .742
2008 33 MAJ LAA 127 477 426 53 103 30 19 3 8 46 8 3 45 95 0 2 4 .242 .319 .357 .675
2009 34 MAJ LAA 103 360 316 44 79 25 19 2 4 50 4 1 40 74 0 2 2 .250 .336 .361 .697
2010 35 AAA LOU 23 108 101 16 32 11 7 1 3 6 3 2 7 26 0 0 0 .317 .361 .495 .856
2010 35 MAJ NYM 36 65 58 9 11 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 6 24 1 0 0 .190 .266 .241 .507
Career  (View All)     1281 4,617 4,103 612 1,056 362 225 29 108 484 95 36 454 849 13 29 18 .257 .332 .405 .738

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Gary Matthews Jr.: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2010 19 3 10 7
2009 91 12 56 28 3

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Gary Matthews Jr. Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 30 MAJ TEX 526 475 8.9% 17.1% 0.52 81% .283 .181
2006 31 MAJ TEX 690 620 8.4% 14.3% 0.59 84% .349 .182
2007 32 MAJ LAA 579 516 9.5% 17.6% 0.54 80% .283 .167
2008 33 MAJ LAA 477 426 9.4% 19.9% 0.47 78% .294 .115
2009 34 MAJ LAA 360 316 11.1% 20.6% 0.54 77% .315 .111
2010 35 AAA LOU 108 101 6.5% 24.1% 0.27 74% .403 .178
2010 35 MAJ NYM 65 58 9.2% 36.9% 0.25 59% .324 .051
Career     4,617 4,103 9.8% 18.4% 0.53 79% .301 .148

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Gary Matthews Jr.: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

As expected, Matthews opted out of his contract Saturday and became a free agent, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

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Matthews intends to opt out of his minor league contract with the Reds on Saturday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

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Matthews can opt out of his contract if the Reds do not promote him by the July 31 trade deadline, the Reds' official site reports.

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Matthews agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds on Monday, Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown reports.

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Matthews has been officially released by the Mets after clearing waivers, ESPN.com reports.

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Matthews Jr. has been placed on release waivers by the Mets. He is expected to clear and officially be released Tuesday, ESPN New York's Mets blog reports.

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The Mets designated Matthews for assignment Friday, Anthony DiComo on MLB.com reports.

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Matthews is in the starting lineup playing center field and hitting eighth Monday.

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Matthews, picking up a rare start in center field, went 0-for-4 in the Mets' 11-5 loss to the Phillies on Sunday and is hitting just .136 for the season, the NY Post reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2010

Bless his heart, Matthews just cashed $30 million worth of checks, hit .248 with a .708 OPS for three years and demanded a trade to a team that would play him every day. He's 35 now and losing the skills that even made him a good fourth outfielder, but at least making up for it with self-awareness. Pass.

2009

Matthews was rotated among the outfield spots and struggled to a .242/.319/.357 line in 2008. He started at least 31 games at all three of the outfield positions and had to battle Garret Anderson and Juan Rivera for playing time throughout the season. He's still under the Angels' control for another three seasons, and it's unlikely that the Halos will be able to move his contract. He may miss the start of the season after having surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee in late October. Keep an eye on his progress this spring before making a decision on draft day.

2008

Matthews' first season with the Angels was up-and-down to say the least. He battled injuries, HGH accusations, and hit only .252 - 61 points lower than the .313 average he put up in his final year with Texas. He's already 33, so while his best days are likely behind him, you can expect him to put up a decent balance of homers and steals (he had 18 of each last season) as long as the at-bats are still there. Torii Hunter inked a deal with the Angels this winter and will man center field each day, while Matthews figures to be used as a DH and to help rest Garrett Anderson and Vlad Guerrero in the corner outfield spots as needed.

2007

Matthews hit a few more doubles than the year before, made a few highlight reel catches, and then convinced the Angels that all that was worth $50 million. Not too bad from where Matthews sits. His post-break numbers (.816 OPS, 14 doubles) are more in line with his recent norm that his pre-break ones (.912 OPS, 30 doubles). He'll replace Darin Erstad as the resident Contract Albatross in Anaheim.

2006

Matthews benefited greatly from Laynce Nix's injury, posting career highs across the board thanks to increased playing time. He failed to take advantage of a hitter-friendly home park (.670 OPS, .219 average) so some improvement can be expected there. With Nix back, Matthews will see a reduction in playing time if Kevin Mench or others are not traded for pitching help.

2005

Matthews filled in nicely for Texas when Kevin Mench was injured and earned regular playing time before a strained calf ended his season in early September. He has the skill set of a solid reserve outfielder, which is likely his role for 2005.

2004

The son of Sarge was a waiver claim by the Braves from the Padres in November 2003. While he believes himself to be a full-time player, his power and consistency suggest otherwise, as do the facts. The Braves, who his father played with from 1977-80, become his sixth team in a five-year career. He can play all outfield positions, make contact, move the runner, and is an asset on the base paths. Combine those qualities with the negatives and he's a tailor-made fourth or fifth outfielder.

2003

A nice surprise last season, Matthews finally delivered on all the promise he left in San Diego, Chicago and Pittsburgh. He hit .276 with a .355 OBP and 15 steals. After he went down with a wrist injury in August, the Orioles went on to lose 32 of their final 36 games. He may not bat third in 2003 (most likely second), but he'll start in the outfield.