SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Former Yankees star Hideki Matsui has been hired by the team as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman.

The Yankees said Tuesday that the 2009 World Series MVP will work with Cashman and player development vice president Gary Denbo. Matsui will spend most of the season traveling in the team's minor league system to discuss hitting with managers, batting coaches and players.

Now 40, Matsui hit .292 with New York from 2003-09 with 140 homers and 597 RBIs. He hit .615 (8 for 13) with three homers and eight RBIs, then went on to finish his playing career with the Los Angeles Angels (2010), Oakland (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012).