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Yankees fail to sign Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima

Jan 5, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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As expected, the Yankees have failed to reach an agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima after bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to the Japanese infielder.

Technically their 30-day window to sign Nakajima doesn’t close until tomorrow, but there’s no time for him to fly to New York to undergo a physical exam anyway and general manager Brian Cashman issued a statement ruling out a deal.

In failing to sign Nakajima the Yankees will be refunded the $2 million posting fee. Nakajima is a career .302 hitter in Japan who batted .297 with 16 homers and 21 steals last season, but expectations for his transition to the majors were very modest and he projected as a utility man.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Beep-beep Forever! He probably paid for International Overnight delivery for the refund request.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Leave Nakajima alone!

  2. garryfish - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    No big deal, they can now sign Eric Chavez to be the utility infielder.

  3. pisano - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Do you really think the Yankees are gonna lose any sleep over this guy not signing? He’ll probably try his luck again next year when he can sign with any team that’s interested.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    The real mystery is why the Yankees put in a bid. They do not need him and he obviously wanted to be a starter with someone.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM


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