Yankees fail to sign Nakajima, turn interest to Chavez

The Yankees announced that they could not reach an agreement with Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima after they won the posting for him last month with a $2 million bid.

The two sides actually had 30 days to reach a deal, its only been 29 days, but he would also have to pass a physical by 5 p.m. tomorrow which he won’t be able to do as he is still in Japan.

The Yankees get their $2 million posting fee back and Nakajima heads back to Japan. He’ll probably try to join the MLB next year when he has enough service time to be a full fledged free agent and can sign with any team.

“We unfortunately could not come to an agreement with Hiroyuki,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck during the upcoming 2012 season.”

It seems like the Yankees almost won the bidding by accident as their $2 million bid would have been the lowest of its kind for similar Japanese infielders in past years. They took a hard line with him in negotiations too, only offering him a one-year deal, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.

The Yankees will now turn their attention toward Eric Chavez to fill a bench roll, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Although Heyman reports that the Nationals, Rays, and Padres are interested in the oft-injured infielder as well.

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