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Monday, December 14, 2009
Angels paying Matsui what he's worth

With Vladimir Guerrero gone, the Angels need a new designated hitter. And according to Tyler Kepner, they've (almost) got one:

It's worth mentioning that Matsui is taking a huge pay cut. His last contract payed him $52 million over four seasons; his new contract is paying him $6.5 million for one season. It's also worth mentioning that Matsui was actually worth only $27 million over the last four seasons ... so $6.5 million in 2010 seems almost exactly right.

Which just goes to a point that I (and others) have been making lately: Teams are doing a better job of properly valuing players, and particularly older players. Matsui's certainly good enough to play in the major leagues. But he's not good enough to earn a (relatively) huge salary, and so he's not going to.