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UPDATE: Red Sox did not submit bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima

Dec 6, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

UPDATE II: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston was told by a Red Sox official that they did not post a bid for Nakajima. That makes three denials, if you include the Giants and Brewers. Does anybody want this guy? We’ll soon find out.

UPDATE: Nothing confirmed yet, but Sponichi indicates that the Red Sox may have the top bid for Nakajima. We should know officially within the next 24 hours.

12:15 PM: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along word from the Japanese media that the Seibu Lions will accept the highest bid for Hiroyuki Nakajima and that an official announcement is expected tomorrow.

If the highest bid is indeed accepted, the winning team will be granted an exclusive 30-day negotiating window to agree on a contract.

No word on who may have submitted a bid, but the Giants and Brewers have been ruled out. Mets manager Terry Collins hinted last night that he would love to have Nakajima in his lineup, though that was likely some wishful thinking on his part after losing shortstop Jose Reyes to the Marlins.

Nakajima, a 29-year-old shortstop, is a .302 career hitter in Japan and has surpassed at least 16 home runs and 15 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons. He batted .297/.354/.433 with 16 home runs, 100 RBI and 21 stolen bases this past season.

  1. tigers182 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Who is Hiroshima Nagasaki?

    • Ari Collins - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Someone who makes insensitive references to millions of civilian deaths?

      • mrfloydpink - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        While I agree with your general sentiment, Ari, as a professional historian I feel compelled to point out that “millions” is not accurate. Hundreds of thousands, yes. Millions, no.

      • damnyankee13 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:25 AM

        Hiroshima wqas a tragedy/. this is a stupid statement to make

  2. Ari Collins - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    I think he’d have to be quite a defensive whiz to make up for what those numbers likely translate to in MLB.

  3. vanmorrissey - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Bobby V influence, why not? Won their version of World Series so why would a Japanese player not want to play for him over here, only makes sense.

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Three players (Scutaro, Lowrie and now Nakajima) for basically one position. If indeed the Sox did win the bid and they work out a contract. On the surface I would have to say that’s 1 player to many.

    • lawrinson20 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      Lowrie can play third…. If it means Youk’s going to be dealt… or if they don’t pony up for Ortiz and Youk splits time at DH.

      Either way, in addition to Scutaro and Lowrie, they also have Inglesias coming up.

  5. bleedpurplenblack - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    If nobody wants him, he’ll end up a Baltimore Oriole.

  6. blakebuchanan87 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    With the elimination of each passing team, I keep getting my hopes up that the Rays won the bid.

  7. marinersnate - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    I wonder who it could possibly be? Maybe a team with a bit of Japanese influence perhaps? Naw, couldn’t be….

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