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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Nakajima, Yankees unable to reach deal

The Yankees announced on Thursday that they were unable to sign infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who will instead continue to play for the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League.

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

The Yankees acquired the rights to negotiate with the 29-year-old Nakajima through the posting process on Dec. 7, offering a reported $2.5 million bid that gave them 30 days to speak freely with Seibu’s shortstop and team captain.

Sayonara!

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4030057)
The Yankees already have Eduardo Nunez on the roster as a potential backup infielder, but they enjoyed getting contributions from the 34-year-old Chavez at third and first base last season.


This was a strangely written article. "enjoyed getting contributions" sounds like some part of a Rick Santorum joke on late-night.

Also, their posting bid gave them the right to negotiate with... his DP partner? In Japan, does the captain on the field have some official negotiating or GM-ing capacity?
   2. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: January 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM (#4030063)
He is their shortstop and team captain, TVerik.

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