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Report: Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima “far apart” in negotiations

Dec 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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According to Jon Heyman of, the Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima are said to be “far apart” in negotiations.

The Yankees bid $2 million to secure an exclusive 30-day negotiating window with the 29-year-old earlier this month. Nakajima doesn’t figure to be more than a second utility infielder behind Eduardo Nunez even if he does sign, so there have been some rumblings about a potential sign-and-trade.

Heyman writes that the two sides have until Tuesday to get a deal done, but other reports have suggested that the deadline is January 6. Either way, as Bryan Hoch of wrote on Wednesday, a resolution is expected next week. The Yankees will not be responsible for the posting fee if the deadline passes with no deal.

  1. Ben - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM


  2. pisano - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Why mess with this guy, he’s behind Nunez in the depth chart so he really doesn’t have much bargaining power. Sign and trade him, besides Ichiro how many of these players from Asia have really done much in the majors?

    • Reflex - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      Nomo was pretty good.

    • jwbiii - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      Nakajima has plenty of bargaining power. He’s due about $3.5M-$4.0M in Japan, he’ll want more than that to play in MLB. The question is why the Yankees bid on him unless they were going to get rid of one of their middle infielders.

      Hideki Matsui not ok for you?

    • Kevin S. - Dec 31, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      I heard Hideki Matsui had some pretty good years with some team or another.

    • Reflex - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:58 AM

      Shin Soo Choo
      Chien-Ming Wang
      Hong-Chih Kuo
      Chan Ho Park
      Byung-Hyun Kim
      Hideki Matsui
      Kazuhiro Sasaki
      Hideo Nomo
      Daisuke Matsuzaka
      Kazuo Matsui
      Hideki Irabau
      Shigetoshi Hasegawa
      Takashi Saito
      Hiroki Kuroda
      Hideki Iwajima
      Akinori Iwamura

      Not even close to comprehensive. Some solid regulars, some stars, a couple of superstars.

      I’d say MLB has found a lot of great talent from asia. Hope they keep it up, some of these guys are truly exciting to watch. I’ve certainly enjoyed the last ten years of Ichiro here in Seattle.

      • pisano - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Reflex… Besides Ichiro the list is pretty much marginal major league players. Ichiro is the only true superstar from that group. The thing that gets me is our scouts rate these guys so high, one example is Irabau, where was his supposed 98 mph fast ball, he never got close to that kind of heat. That being said, I wasn’t referring to pitchers, but mainly position players and again only Ichiro is a truly great player and can be considered a superstar.

      • paperlions - Jan 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        Nomo was very good.
        Matsui was very good.
        Daisuke had his moments, and one very good year.
        Wang was very good until he got hurt.
        Kuroda has been very good.
        Kim had a couple of good years.

        Not stars, but each of those guys was/has been an above average player….but yeah, the rest of the list (and all of the guys left off of it) were pretty useless.

      • Reflex - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        In his time, Nomo was a superstar and one of the more popular players in the game. Matsui was damn close. I’m not sure what you expect, 99% of any given race in the game is only league average or below. You ever pay attention to how many white, black and hispanic players play the game and never become more than bench players or fringe regulars? If anything, the Asian players likely have a higher ratio of stars to busts since the Major Leagues can cherry pick the very best.

  3. natsattack - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    So far, Darvish has been great, not allowing a single run.

  4. dondada10 - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    The Yankees seem like they were to looking to block another team from acquiring him. But if the guy projects to be a surplus infielder, why bother?

    • spudchukar - Dec 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      The Yanks may very well have to move Nunez to acquire the starter they sorely need.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        The Yanks may move Nunez all of about 30 feet (to fill in for their disintegrating, celebrity Third Baseman.)

      • jwbiii - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        You speak of Nunez as if he had trade value. This both amuses and depresses me.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Bizarrely, he seems to. I have no idea why other teams seem to value Nunez, but I hope Cashman cashes in on that, stat. I’d much rather have Prado (to name one guy to be rumored as a swap partner) as the super-sub than Nunez, although that would require the Yanks to get another backup SS (Pena? Nakajima?)

  5. tn16 - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Can they trade his rights if there to far apart

  6. yanksfan92 - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Nunèz does have some trade value. I watched him in AAA since its right near me but he does have a solid bat. He hit decent in the bigs and yeah his fielding was iffy but he’ll become smoother with more reps and more time. He bounces back from all 4 infield positions and he also played LF in AAA and I think once or twice in NY. He’ll be good. I’m just wondering how Betances and Banuelos is going to turn out. Yanks released Andrew Brackman which was disappointing because I think he can be legit. Anyway hopefully AJ and Phil come around and pitch like they did in 09 and help Nova and CC Out.

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