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Yankees not confident they can sign Hiroyuki Nakajima

Dec 7, 2011, 7:57 PM EST

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The Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. But they’re not confident that an agreement will be reached.

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Nakajima might return to Japan for another year because he doesn’t stand to strike it rich in the major leagues.

The Yankees’ winning posting bid was only worth a total of $2 million and they’re unlikely to offer the 29-year-old a lucrative big league contract because he’s being viewed merely as a potential utility infielder.

Nakajima posted a .297/.354/.433 batting line with 16 home runs, 100 RBI and 21 stolen bases this past season for the Seibu Lions. He is a .302 career hitter in Nippon Professional Baseball.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Apparently this guy doesn’t understand the way American Baseball Teams works. A Thirty (30) year old players next year from Japan with absolutely no MLB experience is likely to “strike it rich” here be baseball standards.

    • paperlions - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:52 PM

      I am not sure you understand how the posting process works or the goals of it for players. He doesn’t have to come to an agreement either…he can just stay in Japan, be comfortable, and make very good money….without riding buses around the back roads of the US while playing minor league baseball.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:05 PM

        I understand very well how the posting process works. The implication of my comment which I believe you failed to understand is that if he decides to try again next year to be posted at 30 years old he will be in even a worse negotiating position then he is this year. And “striking it rich” here in the states playing baseball for a MLB team will be even less likely.

        A year older and still absolutely no MLB experience is not a receipt for increasing your value with MLB teams.

      • clydeserra - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:49 PM

        how far is he from free agency?

        If he is a free agent next year, he could likely make more

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Apparently this guy doesn’t understand the way American Baseball Teams work. A Thirty (30) year old players next year from Japan with absolutely no MLB experience is likely to “strike it rich” here be baseball standards.

  3. beerjunkie - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    I’m glad you posted that twice. Did you not pass 9th grade English? Reading that twice was like listening to someone talk with their mouth full of crap.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

      Thank you for those kind words. I’m sure you are an inspiration to all those who know you.

    • clydeserra - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:51 PM

      I am glad you used the repy button/and or understood that mobile commenting does not thread well

  4. marinersnate - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Leave uyf alone!

  5. aburns77 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    I can’t say I know a whole lot about Nakajima aside from I’ve read today, but with a .297/.354/.433 slash line and a weak arm according to scouts that have seen him, I fail to see how he thinks he’s worth substantially more than his $2million posting fee. That said, he could be a useful player for the Yankees as a utility guy as A-Rod and Jeter will require more days off so hopefully this is just Heyman blowing smoke (as he is wont to do).

    • bigharold - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      Frankly, I’m not sure why the Yankees even bothered. I doubt that his production will translate as well in MLB. So is this guy going to supplant Nunez or even Pena for that matter? The Yankees don’t have 5 guys like him in the minors right now as good or better?

      What was the point?

  6. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Apparently this guy doesn’t understand the way American Baseball Teams works. A Thirty (30) year old players next year from Japan with absolutely no MLB experience is likely to “strike it rich” here be baseball standards.

  7. bigharold - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    YJKR,…. Do you understand ….

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