Rumors: Yankees fear Nakajima won’t sign

It was a bit of a surprise that the Yankees won the posting for Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima probably because the Yankees themselves didn’t think their $2 million bid would be enough.

Now that they have landed exclusive negotiating rights, they are not even sure that they will be able to convince him to sign, according to Joel Sherman and Jon Heyman.

The biggest problem is the money. Japanese infielders haven’t been getting big paydays and considering Nakajima’s posting fee was less than most of the others, he might not command enough money and just return to Japan.

Nakajima was also an Japanese All-Star, he played on the Olympic team, and he was on the 2009 World Baseball Classic team as well. He might not like the idea of serving as the Yankees back-up.

If the two sides don’t reach a deal, the Yankees don’t have to pay the posting fee. They have until January 6 before the window is up.

Both Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have said that it is possible that the Yankees could keep both Nakajima and Eduardo Nunez on the 25-man roster. Although if both were on the same team, Eric Chavez would probably be out.

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