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Mets taking big chance on Matsui

Despite his hype, it was still a questionable move by the Mets to sign Japanese shortstop Kazuo Matsui.

Originally Published: December 8, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

For all the hype -- and the $6.7 million per season -- there should be at least a bit of doubt when it comes to Kazuo Matsui's future performance. Here's what Richard Lally sent me on this subject ...

Rob, have you heard much about Kaz Matsui from anyone who has seen him play much? There is currently so much being written about his high ceiling, yet most of it seems to be wild speculation once you study his lifetime stats. His walk totals are unimpressive, one every 12 at-bats or so, and ...

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