Kaz is coming to US…

The News

  • The NY Post claims the Mets will begin exploring outfielders Reggie Sanders and Todd Hollandsworth as well as reliever Mike DeJean.

  • ESPN reports that shortstop Kaz Matsui said at a news conference on Monday in Japan that he will play in North America next season.

  • ESPN also reports that both New York teams, as well as Boston, are interested in Maels Rodriguez, a 24-year-old right-hander who recently defected from Cuba.  He is expected to file for free agency during the next week. 

MetsBlog.com’s Take

In terms of players with 30 homers and 100 runs batted in, Reggie Sanders is a bargain, as he will likely only coast $1 to $2 million a year for a one-year deal.  He hits righties as well as lefties, from any spot in the order and is effective with runners on base.  However, Sanders is a streaky hitter, be it his day-day to numbers or his odd and even year power trends.   He is never going to hit .300, and he is becoming more prone to striking out as opposed to taking a walk as his career progresses.  The Mets are more than likely interested in Sanders because past managers and players rave about his presence and positive attitude on the bench.

At 30-years-old, Hollandsworth is long removed from his days as the Rookie of the Year.  Based on his last two seasons in Florida and Texas, Hollandsworth averages out to a .255 BA, 12 HR, 60 RBI and 120 SO over a full season’s at bats.  He is a rough-around-the-edges player, always deemed a “project” by organizations that have retained him over the last few seasons.  As a short-term solution, Hollandsworth is worth a one-year deal at small money.

It has yet to be determined whether or not Kaz Matsui will agree to play second base as opposed to shortstop.  While many reports have indicated that should he decide on playing second that he would opt to go to the Yankees, other reports that he has reservations about playing on the same team as Hideki Matsui for marketing reasons.