Didn’t see this one coming, but the Yankees have won the posting for Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima with what is believed to be a $2 million bid, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman. They now have 30 days to negotiate a contract otherwise Nakajima goes back to Japan.
He is a 29-year old All-Star shortstop who has a career .368 OBP and a .845 OPS. The Yankees plan on using him as a utility infielder which likely means that they are preparing to trade Eduardo Nunez.
Other teams around the league seem to value Nunez. Seattle insisted on getting him from the Yankees in a deal for Cliff Lee and the trade fell apart when Brian Cashman refused. The Atlanta Braves have also been rumored to be interested in him for a long time as well.