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Is Hideki Matsui Playing Himself Into Trade Bait

Hideki Matsui is lighting it up since the All-Star break. While for the A’s, this is a case of too little, too late, he may be playing himself into a real trade option. For the A’s, this would be a welcome sign from one of the biggest first half disappointments of an already disappointing season.

Since the break, Matsui has been batting .469 with two homers, two doubles, 11 RBIs, three walks with three strike outs.

Too bad he couldn’t hit when the A’s actually needed him to hit but getting something for Matsui would not be a bad thing. Even with this torrid streak he is on, Hideki is still batting .237 with eight homers and 45 RBIs.

Although these numbers are not particularly appealing, the fact is Matsui’s second half tear and playoff experience could make him an attractive bench player with pop for a playoff-bound team.