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Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:41 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 12:50 pm
Hiroyuki NakajimaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Yankees announced on Thursday that they were unable to come to an agreement with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. Last month he Yankees won the bidding on Nakajima's posting rights with an bid worth approximately $2 million.

"We unfortunately could not come to an agreement with Hiroyuki," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement released by the team. "We wish him the best of luck during the upcoming 2012 season."

Nakajima's 2012 season will be with the Seibu Lions, where he's hit .297/.354/.433 with 16 home runs and 21 steals last season. He was expected to be a backup infielder with New York -- as you might have known, they already have a shortstop in Derek Jeter, third baseman in Alex Rodriguez and a second baseman in Robinson Cano. The Yankees are expected to re-sign Eric Chavez as a backup infielder.

Because the Yankees did not agree to a deal with Nakajima, they do not have to pay the posting fee.

Next season Nakajima will be an international free agent and able to sign with any team he wishes, bypassing the posting system.

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 4:51 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

Good call Slammin6, Eric Chavez is the real winner here. Yes he has been a waste for 4-1/2 of the last 5 years, but was a perfect fit for the Yankees off the bench at the end of the season. Along with Nunez, the Yankees have enough surplus to carry A-Rod to the finish line and hold down 3B while that wuss has more knee, hip, and thumb* issues.

(*Went on DL in 2011 for stepping on his own thumb. Somehow he makes more than 2,000 times the money I do)

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:28 am

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

Yankees were never serious about Nakajima and probably were surprised they won the bid. Cashman would have signed him as a backup infielder but also wanted to give him backup money. This was nothing to get excited about either way as I see it.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:19 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

Chevez is quality and proven

are you serious?  this guy hasn't played a full season in 5 years--he will be on the DL in May---he hasn't proven anything in years--he is a waste

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:07 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

Yankees already have Eduardo Nunez as a back up infielder for shortstop and second. Chavez can play third and first. The Yanks really didn't need Nakajima..

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:34 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

Who would of ever confused the Yankees with penny-pinching.....this is indeed an alarming development

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:51 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

That could certainly happen. However I would think that if a posting fee of say 80 Million was bid then the Japanese team would offer the player a cut to get his salary where he wants it so he can accept the offer and the MLB team playing the game gets screwed. I understand that if the player cannot be signed they become an international free agent the next year and it's a better deal for the player. I believe they only have to go thru the posting process once. Japaneese players have a lot of loyalty to their teams and want them to get the posting fees.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:44 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

Yanks Thin At Short After Jeter - Pass on Weak Prospect Nakajima

How can you compare a posting fee of $2 Million for Nakajima to the $51 Million for Yu Darvish plus salary for $100 M? There are tons of shortstop prospects with good gloves who swing a light bat - just like Nakajima. He would back up Jeter, a hall of famer. So can 100 other kids from the Dominican, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, or the US. Nakajima is nothing special. Darvish is a power pitcher in an age where pitchers blow their arms out fast and there is a scary shortage of starters - so he is worth $100 Million for the posting fee and the salary - 50 times what Yakajima is worth. Yanks' prospects at short make Cashman break out into a midnight sweat-  Eduardo Nunez has good power and a bad glove, Cito Culver is ranked # 36 in prospects at Short - an average fielder who is a contact hitter, and Yadil Mujica is a Cuban ranked $37 - he has a great glove and range and hits for average. So Yanks will have to deal for a young shortstop or a veteran to fill in until they develop a new Jeter. The other option if Jeter gets hurt is move A Rod to short and get a new third baseman. As for Nakajima, he can play but not for the money he wants.

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Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:21 pm
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Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:50 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

It is incorrect to describe Eric Chavez as an infielder instead of a corner infielder because he cannot play 2B or SS. So to say he is a fallback wen the Yankees could not sign Nakajima is misleading.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:45 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

I think MLB has a formal agreement with the Japanese Baseball League.  The Japanese players aren't slave labor.  They could leave any time they wanted if it weren't for the MLB/JBL agreement.

If there wasn't an agreement, they'd be subject to the Amateur draft or, like many other foreign players, they'd find themselves living in a country not covered by MLB's amateur draft rules.  

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