according to espn insider:
Dec. 4 - The Mets suddenly have jumped to the forefront of the race to sign the latest Japanese import, offering Matsui a multi-year contract with assurances he would be the team's shortstop. The team will move Jose Reyes to second base if Matsui signs. According to the N.Y. Times, agent Arn Tellem told the Mets that Matsui is interested in becoming the second Japanese star to play in New York.
At this point, the Mets are believed to be the only team to make a formal offer, which the N.Y. Daily News puts at believed to be for three years and approximately $21 million, although the Dodgers, Orioles, Mariners and Angels are expected to bid, as well. Matsui, a seven-time Japanese All-Star, who batted .305 with 33 homers and 84 RBI last season.
WHY.. WHY .. WHY.. he wont make us much better and if he signs with us hes going to prevent us from getting the outfield help and starter we need instead of just signing a Vina for 1 or 2 years until our young guys are ready.. i dont understand this.. leave the 20 year old phenom at SS.. im starting to hate the mets