Rumor: Nakajima highly motivated to play in the US

The Yankees won the rights to Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima last week through the posting process with a $2 million bid, but early rumors were that he wouldn’t sign with them because either he expected they wouldn’t meet his salary demands or that they couldn’t offer enough playing time.

However, the latest is that Nakajima has been “highly motivated” to come to the USA (he wanted to be posted a year ago) and there is very little chance that he will not sign a contract to come play here, according to Nikkan Sports via River Ave Blues.

That is a good sign for the Yankees as Nakajima gives them the flexibility to trade Eduardo Nunez now or at the trade deadline this July. They could even keep both players on the roster and use Nakajima more as a replacement for Eric Chavez, who put up decent numbers for somebody off the bench but missed over three months with a foot injury.

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