Rumor: Yankees unlikely to reach a deal with Nakajima

The Yankees won the bidding for Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima last month with a $2 million bid and now have until 5 p.m. Friday to reach an agreement with him and have him pass a physical or he will head back to Japan.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the chances of that happening are to good. Marc Carig spoke with a “person with knowledge” of the situation says it’s unlikely that they would be able to do both by Friday.

We haven’t heard a lot of what Nakajima’s contract demands are, but Carig reports that the Yankees see him as a backup and are determined to pay him as such.

If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, the Yankees will likely turn their attention toward Eric Chavez, according to Jon Heyman.

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5 Responses to Rumor: Yankees unlikely to reach a deal with Nakajima

  1. Bronx_Knight says:

    Too bad. We really need a quality backup infielder. Nunez can't field and Chavez is way too injury prone.
    Anyway, all of this is peripheral. What we really need is another good starter. Next …

  2. hotdog says:

    Too bad Roberto Pena hasn't developed. Is there anyone else in the minors capable of making the squad?

    • Bronx_Knight says:

      Who's Roberto Pena? The only Roberto Pena I see in baseball right now is a single-A catcher in the Houston Astros farm system.

  3. Bronx_Knight says:

    As of about 1:00 pm today, the Yanks reportedly will not reach a deal with Nakajima.
    OK, not the end of the world — we're talking about a guy who was projected as a backup infielder. But somehow it just seems like a long time since the Yankees have been able to make any kind of move to improve the team.

  4. Shavager says:

    Yankees have a team worthy of the playoffs without much improvement in offense or defense, problem for them is starting pitching. Right now it's Sabathia and Nova and not much else, though Burnett looked like the Burnett of old the last 3-4 games he pitched last season. Too bad Posada didn't get the opportunity to resign for Andruw Jones' money–far better clutch hitter than Jones, hit from both sides of the plate, could play first as well as an emergency catcher while Jones is just a part time OF. Still, the Yanks succeed or not based on pitching this year, NOT offense, they MUST improve the rotation.

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