As expected, Hideki Matsui, the Yankees' MVP during its latest World Series championship, and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $6.5 million one-year deal. Angels GM Tony Reagins said, "We are excited to have a player with talent that Hideki brings. He is a professional hitter and we look forward to seeing him in an Angels uniform in 2010."

His agent Arn Tellem wrote on the Huffington Post, "He has great affection for New York, a city that embraced him as a native son," but added, "In the weeks since the Series victory, it became abundantly clear that resigning Hideki was not one of the Yankees' priorities... Hideki takes special pride in being a complete player -- at the plate and in the outfield -- and from the start of negotiations, the Angels made every effort to accommodate him." (Matsui's past knee issues were an apparent concern of the Yankees.) "Ideally, Hideki would start in left at least once or twice a week. The rest of the time, he'd DH."

Tellem has a silver lining: "Happily, the Yankees' 2010 home opener is against the Angels on April 13. Hideki will be on hand --- kusuri-yubi (index finger) extended -- for the ring ceremony."