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Quote of the Day: Expectations are low for Hiroyuki Nakajima

Dec 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Following news that the Yankees placed the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch passed along this scouting report:

Heard Nakajima’s bat could be better than Twins’ Nishioka, but not as good a fielder.

“Nishioka” would be Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

So that opinion suggests Nakajima’s bat “could be better than” a guy who hit .226 with zero homers and a .527 OPS. And he’s “not as good a fielder” as a guy who broke his leg playing second base largely because he didn’t know how to properly turn a double play and was completely overmatched when switched to shortstop.

The good news is that the Yankees reportedly bid only $2 million for Nakajima, whereas the Twins bid $9 million for Nishioka as part of a $15 million total commitment.

  1. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    $2 million is chicken feed to the Yankees.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      That’s a LOT of Chicken Feed! The Yankees must have a lot of chickens!

  2. skane2005 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Hilarious picture. Mad TV

  3. wegohardinthepaint - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Just plain confusing

  4. jwbiii - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Japanese infielders have not fared well in MLB. The list (numbers in parentheses are fWAR/150 G): Tadahito Iguchi (2.2), Akinori Iwamura (1.8), Kazuo Matsui (1.4), Norihiro Nakamura (-2.1), and Tsuyoshi Nishioka (-5.2).

  5. damnyankee13 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    maybe we signed him as sort of a chip for Darvish, to make it easier for him

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