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Kazuo Matsui

38-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 183   DOB: 10/23/1975   BORN: Osaka, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a minor league contract with the Rockies in May 2010.

November 24, 2010  –  Kazuo Matsui News

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Matsui has reached an agreement to play for the Rakuten Eagles in Japan, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Kazuo Matsui 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 29 AA BIN 3 10 9 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .444 .500 .556 1.056
2005 29 MAJ NYM 87 295 267 31 68 16 9 4 3 24 6 1 14 43 5 4 5 .255 .300 .352 .652
2006 30 AAA COL 31 129 115 26 32 7 4 0 3 16 3 1 9 20 1 3 1 .278 .328 .391 .719
2006 30 AAA NOR 4 13 12 2 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .333 .333 .500 .833
2006 30 MAJ COL 32 126 113 22 39 11 6 3 2 19 8 1 10 27 1 2 0 .345 .392 .504 .896
2006 30 MAJ NYM 38 139 130 10 26 7 6 0 1 7 2 0 6 19 3 0 0 .200 .235 .269 .505
2006  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ COL/NYM 70 265 243 32 65 18 12 3 3 26 10 1 16 46 4 2 0 .267 .310 .379 .689
2007 31 AAA COL 2 8 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .625 .500 1.125
2007 31 MAJ COL 104 453 410 84 118 34 24 6 4 37 32 4 34 69 8 1 0 .288 .342 .405 .746
2008 32 AA COR 2 8 7 1 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .429 .429 .857 1.286
2008 32 AAA ROU 3 12 11 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .182 .250 .545 .795
2008 32 MAJ HOU 96 422 375 58 110 35 26 3 6 33 20 5 37 53 7 3 0 .293 .354 .427 .781
2009 33 AA COR 4 16 14 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 .214 .313 .214 .527
2009 33 MAJ HOU 132 533 476 56 119 31 20 2 9 46 19 3 34 85 16 4 3 .250 .302 .357 .659
2010 34 AAA Col 82 338 301 54 79 18 12 4 2 29 7 0 31 50 3 2 1 .262 .331 .349 .680
2010 34 MAJ HOU 27 78 71 4 10 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 4 10 2 0 1 .141 .197 .155 .352
Career  (View All) MAJ   630 2555 2302 330 615 176 124 20 32 211 102 18 179 403 47 16 11 .267 .321 .380 .701

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Kazuo Matsui: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2010 21
2009 130

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Kazuo Matsui Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Kazuo Matsui 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 29 AA BIN 10 9 10% 10% 1.00 89% .500 .112
2005 29 MAJ NYM 295 267 4.7% 14.6% 0.33 84% .294 .097
2006 30 AAA COL 129 115 7% 15.5% 0.45 83% .315 .113
2006 30 AAA NOR 13 12 0% 15.4% 0.00 83% .400 .167
2006 30 MAJ COL 126 113 7.9% 21.4% 0.37 76% .440 .159
2006 30 MAJ NYM 139 130 4.3% 13.7% 0.32 85% .227 .069
2006  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ COL/NYM 265 243 6% 17.4% 0.35 81% .320 .112
2007 31 AAA COL 8 6 25% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .000
2007 31 MAJ COL 453 410 7.5% 15.2% 0.49 83% .338 .117
2008 32 AA COR 8 7 0% 12.5% 0.00 86% .500 .428
2008 32 AAA ROU 12 11 8.3% 16.7% 0.50 82% .125 .363
2008 32 MAJ HOU 422 375 8.8% 12.6% 0.70 86% .329 .134
2009 33 AA COR 16 14 12.5% 25% 0.50 71% .300 .000
2009 33 MAJ HOU 533 476 6.4% 15.9% 0.40 82% .288 .107
2010 34 AAA Col 338 301 9.2% 14.8% 0.62 83% .309 .087
2010 34 MAJ HOU 78 71 5.1% 12.8% 0.40 86% .164 .014
Career MAJ   2555 2302 7% 15.8% 0.44 82% .312 .113

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Best Matchups for Kazuo Matsui (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Johnny Cueto CIN 9 5 1 2 3 2 0 .556 1.111 1.778
Shawn Hill TOR 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Max Scherzer DET 7 3 0 2 0 1 0 .429 1.000 1.429
Justin Germano TEX 9 4 1 2 0 0 2 .444 .778 1.222
Zack Greinke LA 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .500 1.000
Edinson Volquez PIT 9 3 1 1 0 2 0 .333 .667 1.000
Gavin Floyd ATL 7 2 0 1 0 0 0 .286 .571 .857
Kyle Davies CLE 8 2 0 2 1 2 0 .250 .500 .833
Jose Contreras TEX 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .500 .833
Tim Hudson SF 18 7 0 3 0 0 1 .389 .444 .833

Worst Matchups for Kazuo Matsui (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Dan Haren LA 11 1 0 0 1 2 0 .091 .091 .258
Ricky Nolasco MIN 8 1 0 0 0 2 0 .125 .125 .250
Jeremy Guthrie KC 8 1 0 0 0 3 0 .125 .125 .250
Zach Duke MIL 9 1 0 0 0 1 0 .111 .111 .222
Carlos Villanueva CHI-N 14 1 0 1 0 5 0 .071 .071 .143
Kevin Correia MIN 11 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Young SEA 7 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Thompson MIN 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .000 .000
Tomo Ohka TOR 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Johnson SD 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Kazuo Matsui: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Matsui says he'll play in Japan in 2011, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Matsui agreed to a minor league contract with the Rockies on Monday, MLB.com reports.

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Matsui cleared waivers Monday and is officially a free agent, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

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Matsui was placed on waivers by Houston for the purpose of giving him his release, the Houston Chronicle reports. If he's not claimed by another team by Monday, he'll become an unrestricted free agent.

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Astros manager Brad Mills has assured Matsui that he is still part of the team's plans, the Houston Chronicle reports. "We try to put guys in positions to have success," Mills said. "And we're going to try to put him in matchups and in games in which he has that opportunity."

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Matsui started against the Cardinals Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Matsui started Sunday's game at second base and went 2-for-3.

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Matsui is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Braves, MLB.com's Alyson Footer reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Kazuo Matsui.

2010

Former Astros manager Cecil Cooper made a concerted effort to keep Matsui healthy in 2009, allowing him frequent days off and taking every little bump and bruise to the 33-year-old second baseman seriously. Cooper managed to get an extra 100 at-bats out of Matsui, but it came at a price: a 43-point drop in batting average and an OPS south of .660, his most disappointing production since his time with the Mets. On any other team, he would be just a versatile reserve infielder, but on the 2010 Astros he'll be a starter again.

2009

Matsui spent a little less than half the season on the DL with a variety of ailments (back, hamstring, groin, anal fissure), but was very productive when healthy. He hit .293 with a .354 on-base percentage, six homers, 26 doubles, 33 RBI and 20 steals in 25 chances in 375 at-bats. The song remains the same with Matsui; if he could ever stay healthy for an entire season, hed be towards the top of the second base rankings. Unfortunately, hes never played more than 114 games in a season during his career so its incredibly risky to bank on him staying off the DL.

2008

Matsui finally put it all together in 2007. He had career-highs in batting average (.288) and stolen bases (32-of-36), but played in just 104 games because of hamstring and chronic back troubles. The Astros signed Matsui to a three-year deal in December, while it's important to note that Matsui hit .330 at Coors Field and only .249 on the road. Even with the hitter-friendly confines of Minute Maid Park, the home-road splits and his injury problems are legitimate concerns. That said, he'll be a part of a potent lineup for the second straight season and should be able to produce a similar number of steals and runs scored given the talent around him.

2007

Matsui was pretty much a $20 million bust for the Mets, but he appeared to resurrect his career with the Rockies after a June trade. For Colorado, he batted .345/.392/.504 with eight stolen bases in 113 at-bats. He's likely to open the season as the Rockies' leadoff hitter and Troy Tulowitzki's double-play partner, so there should be at least some short-term fantasy value. It's unrealistic to think he'll maintain an .896 OPS over the course of a full season, but he could be a nice surprise this year, particularly for his stolen base potential.

2006

Matsui's second year in the States might have been even worse than his first, but this time, he could use injuries as a partial excuse for his poor play. A deep bruise on his left knee cost him six weeks in the middle of the season but prior to that, his poor play had him on the bench behind Miguel Cairo. The Mets have been actively pursuing other options at second base, and if that fails, Jeff Keppinger and Anderson Hernandez could get a shot at filling the job out of spring training. Matsui's $8 million tab for 2006 has made it difficult for the team to trade him, and even if he remains on the team and is the starter at second base, his value is minimal in most leagues.

2005

Everyone expected Matsui's numbers to decline coming over from Japan, but no one figured on how precipitous that drop would be. For a good portion of the season, he looked nothing like a seven-time Japanese League All-Star, flailing at pitches on the outer half of the plate and duffing it at shortstop. Just when he started to piece things together, a lower back strain limited him to 41 AB over the last two months of the season. For 2005, Matsui will shift over to second base to make room for Jose Reyes, as it was obvious that Matsui did not have the range or arm to play short. The hope is that he'll make huge strides between his first and second years in pitch recognition and comfort level on and off the field. New manager Willie Randolph will help Matsui get comfortable at second, and he should post better numbers.

2004

Matsui, a 28-year old switch-hitter, was a seven-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner in Japan, hitting .305 with 33 home runs with 84 RBIs and 13 SB last season for the Seibu Lions, prior to signing a three-year, $20.1M contract with the Mets in December. Matsui has seen a decline in his plate discipline the past three seasons as his strikeouts have risen from 83 to 122 to 124 in 2003, versus only 55 walks last season. Matsui will team with Jose Reyes as a double-play combination as well as the 1-2 hitters at the top of the Mets lineup. Matsui's power numbers will decline, especially in a pitcher's park like Shea Stadium, but he should post solid numbers in runs and steals.

2003

Playing for Japan's Seibu Lions in 2003, Matsui hit .305/.365/.549 (.914 OPS) in 140 games, with 33 home runs, 84 RBI, and 13 steals. Matsui struck out 124 times in 2003 while drawing 55 walks. Matsui's numbers are down significantly from 2002 (.332/.389/.617, 1.006 OPS, 36 HR, 33 steals), but in line with his career numbers prior to 2002. (FYI, Matsui turns 28 in October of 2003.) Here's an ominous note: Matsui struck out 93 times in his first full season in 1996, then did better than that in each of the next five seasons. However, his strikeout totals have now gone from 83 in 2001, to 112 in 2002, and then 124 in 2003. Here are Matsui's career stats in Japan through the 2003 season, from japanesebaseball.com.