Baseball’s free agent train wrecks
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Once upon a time, there was Little Matsui and Big Matsui. Big Matsui was Hideki, the slugger who had several fine years in the midst of the Yankees lineup after he came from Japan. Little Matsui was Kaz, a slick middle infielder who didn't do so well, at least on the field. He became a free agent after Colorado didn't hang on to him in 2007, and Houston spent $18.5 million over three years on him. The Astros released him before that deal expired, since he had a .659 OPS his second year and only played 228 games in '08 and '09.
BOB LEVEY, GETTY IMAGES, BY MARK WHICKER, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER