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Yankees nearing deadline for Hiroyuki Nakajima negotiations

Dec 28, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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In bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima the Yankees were given a 30-day window in which to work out a contract with the Japanese infielder.

The deadline is January 6, so as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes: “One way or the other, Nakajima will be resolved next week.”

New York doesn’t have much of a role to offer Nakajima, but expectations for his performance are very low and he might fit best as a utility man anyway. There’s also been some speculation that they could work out a sign-and-trade with another team.

Hoch suggests that the Yankees are likely to put talks with Eric Chavez and other infielders on hold until they have an answer on Nakajima.

  1. bozosforall - Dec 28, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Sign and trade him (along with some other prospects not named Banuelos or Betances) for King Felix.

    • pisano - Dec 28, 2011 at 5:57 PM

      I second that!

    • Glenn - Dec 28, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      Yes, because a utility infielder and one prospect should get that done????

      • bozosforall - Dec 28, 2011 at 8:08 PM

        Nakajima wouldn’t be a “utility infielder” in Seattle…and I said “some other prospects”, not just one. Those prospects won’t include either Banuelos or Betances though.

    • Reflex - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:59 AM

      Felix isn’t available. And if he were, it wouldn’t be for just prospects. And I highly doubt any utility fielder would be involved.

  2. romoscollarbone - Dec 28, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    There isn’t a 22 yr old American with comparable fielding skills and more power potential?

    • Reflex - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:58 AM

      Might be, but I don’t see any reason why they’d be more or less appealing than this guy.

  3. hardheadcountryboy - Dec 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Ha ha Little Stein has bigger problems. now….

  4. tn16 - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    It would take more then that to get the king

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