Tag:Hiroyuki Nakajima
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:41 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 12:50 pm

Yankees can't agree to deal with Japanese SS

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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Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:39 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 9:39 pm

Saturday rumors: Kuroda, A's and more

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Saturday's the last day at home for a couple of days for most in baseball, as the winter meetings kick off Monday in Dallas -- and that goes for reporters, as well. That meant a rather light day in rumors, but expect things to pick up on Sunday and then go fast and furious on Monday. Last year news of Jayson Werth's deal with the Nationals came on the day before the start of the meetings, so that goes to show things don't just go down in the hotel lobby.

Hiroki KurodaThe news of Chris Capuano's signing with the Dodgers seemed to signal the end of Hiroki Kuroda's time in Los Angeles, and maybe even his time in the United States. However, the Rockies are pursuing Kuroda (Denver Post). Kuroda's also been mentioned as a possibility for the Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Angels, Rangers and others. Kuroda blocked deals to the Tigers and Red Sox last season. WEEI.com reports Kuroda is open to pitching in Boston. His former team in Japan, the Hiroshima Carp, have also offered him a contract.

The A's could be popular in Dallas, as the team has pitching for sale. "I wouldn't rule anybody out," assistant GM David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle. The A's are looking for an outfielder in return. Closer Andrew Bailey is among the most popular trade targets on the team, already drawing attention from the Rangers, Blue Jays, Reds, Padres, Mets and Mariners. (Chicago Tribune)

Someone put in a bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Seibu Lions are expected to accept the bid, regardless of the amount. (Kyodo News)

Matt Garza's agent told the Cubs' right-hander to prepare for "an active winter meetings." Garza told him he'd be in Italy. Garza was dealt from the Rays to the Cubs last offseason and is under team control through 2013. The Cubs have let it be known that they're open to trading just about anyone. (MLB.com)

The Rockies are interested in Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka. The left-handed hitter played in just 49 games this past season for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters because of an ankle injury, but is said to be healthy now. (FoxSports.com)

The Red Sox will meet with Bob Garber, the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt, during the winter meetings. (Boston Herald)

Not many have thought that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman would consider taking the Astros' GM job, but free agent outfielder Johnny Damon seems to think it's a possibility. "He's not going to sign me and then leave," Damon told the Boston Globe of Friedman. "If he goes to Houston, his hometown, he's going to try and bring me along with him. That's where my waiting game is." Damon also said he told David Ortiz to play in New York and take advantage of the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium.

Casey Blake is drawing interest from nine teams, including the Indians. He can play both corner outfield spots and both corner infield spots. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

The White Sox are looking to trade for a starter and an outfielder and are dangling John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Carlos Quentin and Matt Thornton. Among the teams that could be a match are the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Reds and Braves. (Chicago Tribune)

Tim WakefieldKnuckleballer Tim Wakefield said he has a "strong desire" to pitch for the Red Sox next season. The 45-year-old needs seven wins to surpass Roger Clemens and Cy Young as the franchise's all-time leader. (Boston Herald)

The Reds held their annual RedsFest in Cincinnati this weekend, so there's plenty of news from the banks of the Ohio thanks to the media availability of GM Walt Jocketty, manager Dusty Baker and most of the team's roster and top prospects. Jocketty said the team is looking for a "top of the rotation" starter and have targeted six different players, but didn't name any of them. Jocketty also said the team had looked at Detroit infielder Ramon Santiago as a backup shortstop, and would ideally like to sign a left-handed hitter or switch hitter to back up Zack Cozart (Cincinnati Enquirer). Baker said the team is looking both internally and externally for a closer, but will not have a closer by committee to replace Francisco Cordero (MLB.com). 

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Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:01 pm

Japanese shortstop Nakajima to be posted

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League have agreed to post shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com tweets.

Nakajima asked to be posted last offseason, but the team denied his request.

The 29-year-old hit .297/.354/.433 with 16 home runs and 27 doubles in 2011. The right-handed hitter hit .364/.500/.545 in seven games in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, including a 2-for-5 performance with two doubles and two RBI in Japan's 9-4 victory over the United States in the semifinals.

While Nakajima is a shortstop in Japan, most of the Japanese shortstops to come to the United States have switched positions to either second base or third base. Last season the Twins signed Tsuyoshi Nishioka, fresh off of a batting title and Gold Glove in Japan, for a $5 million posting fee and a contract worth $9 million over three years. Nishioki hit just .226/.278/.249 in 68 games for the Twins last season, starting 59 games at shortstop. He suffered a broken fibula in April, missing most of the season. The Twins have agreed to sign Jamey Carroll this week, hoping to play him every day at shortstop, moving Nishioka to second.

Nakajima has a longer track record (meaning he's older) than Nishioka, but also has more power.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:50 pm

Nakajima staying in Japan

For teams in the market for a shortstop, Hiroyuki Nakajima may have been a perfect fit .

Alas, the Japanese player will not be posted, as NPB Tracker reports on Twitter.

Nakajima seems certain to head stateside sometime in the next few years, but at least for now, will remain in Japan where he is one of the top players in the game.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:15 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 9:17 pm

Shortstop Nakajima could head to MLB

Hiroyuki Nakajima Add Hiroyuki Nakajima to the list of possible replacements for teams searching for a new shortstop in 2011.

As Yahoo! Japan reports , Nakajima (image courtesy Nippon Pro Baseball) will likely be posted for MLB teams to bid on. Nakajima is considered the second-best hitter in Japan by Patrick Newman, who runs the NBP Tracker , a blog dedicated to Japanese baseball. Newman, in an article for Fangraphs, said that Nakajima has solid gap power and is considered a good fielder. The 28-year-old primarily plays on turf, however, so his longevity at the position has to be questioned.

The righty replaced Kazuo Matsui at short for Seibu after Matsui left for the States. Nakajima quickly emerged as one of the league's better players and hit .364/.516/.545 in the 2009 World Baseball Classic after leading the Lions to a Japan Series victory in 2008. He homered off Koji Uehara to win Game 1 and then blasted Hisanori Takahashi the next day in an eventual loss. Both pitchers are now pitching for the Orioles and Mets, respectively, turning in solid seasons in advance of free agency.

Nakajima hit .314/.393/.511 in 579 plate appearances in 2010 and has been hit at least 10 times per year since becoming a full-time player. There figure to be no shortage of teams interested in Nakajima. The Yankees, who have Derek Jeter expiring, could have interest along with the Mariners, who are owned by a Japanese corporation (Nintendo) and are in the market for a shortstop.

Below, you can see Nakajima hitting a home run off Dicky Gonzalez. The man he does a high-five routine with is Dee Brown .

-- Evan Brunell

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