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Hideki Matsui close to deal with Rays

Updated: April 23, 2012, 9:35 PM ET
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The Tampa Bay Rays are close to signing designated hitter Hideki Matsui to a minor league deal, a source told ESPN The Magazine senior writer Buster Olney.

The source told Olney the Rays want to add to their depth at Triple-A Durham and to see how much is left in the slugger's bat.

Matsui, 37, spent last seaon with the Oakland Athletics, posting a .251 batting average with 12 home runs and 78 RBIs.

He spent his first seven MLB seasons with the Yankees where he was a two-time ...

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