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oh well.....

Good evening everyone.   By now you are aware that Nakajima is not going to be a Yankee.  Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has the scoop.

Also Scouts.com came out with their Top 100 prospects, and a couple Yankee farm hands made the list.

Some college b-ball games are on tonight and if you are a hockey fan the Rangers are on as well.

This is your Open Thread so talk about anything you want.  Maybe who you see filling in as the other back up infielder.  Chavez? or maybe a minor league guy.

Enjoy the night!!!

Yankees, Nakajima Unable to Reach Deal

Yankees, Nakajima Unable to Reach Deal

By Delia E.

The New York Yankees were unable to reach a deal with Hiroyuki Nakajima, the player that they posted a $2 Million bid by the posting process. According to Jon Lane of YesNetwork, The Yankees won the bid last month and had 30-days to work on a deal with Nakajima, but Nakajima will return to Japan to play for the Seibu Lions. It’s not all bad for the Yankees. They get their $2 Million posting fee back.

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

Now that the Yankees don’t have Nakajima, expect an Eric Chavez reunion who did well last season when he was healthy.

Open Thread

Good evening everyone. I’ll briefly recap today’s news and signings…

Today, the Yankees signed three players to minor league contracts: OF Cole Garner, RHP and former top prospect Adam Miller, and OF Dewayne Wise (pictured above – a.k.a. the savior of Mark Buehrle’s perfect game). Ken Rosenthal reported today that the Yankees are very unlikely to sign Hiroyuki Nakajima before Friday’s 5pm deadline. Not signing Nakajima will only increase the likelihood of a Eric Chavez-Yankees reunion.

Anyway, there’s college football on at 8:30 EST on ESPN (West Virgina vs. Clemson), along with some college men’s basketball (Duke vs. Temple) on ESPN2 at 7. Additionally, the Knicks, Devils, and Nets are all playing. Have a good night – here’s the open thread.

Nakajima is seeking a “a couple million” and a multi- year contract

Nakajima is seeking a “a couple million” and a multi-year contract

by Matt S.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Hiroyuki Nakajima is asking the Yankees for “a couple million” as part of a multi-year contract. The Yankees are reportedly reluctant to go beyond one year and don’t view him as anything more than a utility man, so it’s increasingly unlikely that a deal is reached before Friday’s deadline. If Nakajima returns to the Seibu Lions, the Bombers are expected to re-open talks with free agent Eric Chavez.

Morning Bits: Nakajima, Oswalt, Garza, Edwin Jackson

Good morning all.  The holidays are in the rear view mirror and while this is a short week for most it will be the last one for awhile.  Today we are proud to roll out our very own Top 40 Yankee Prospect List.   We are very excited about this.  Please stop by later as this article will come out in the early afternoon.

Let’s get right to the links….

* Yankees continue to negotiate with Nakajima.

* Why Oswalt is the perfect short term fix.

* Don’t put out the welcome mat for Garza just yet.

* Could EJax be a fit for the Yankees?

Friday is last day to work a deal with Nakajima

Friday is last day to work a deal with Nakajima

by Matt S.

The Yankees have until Friday to work out a deal with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.  The deadline was originally reported as Tuesday, but that was apparently incorrect. Still, the Yankees are far apart in negotiations with the 29-year-old Nakajima and he’s said to be considering a return to his native Japan. They simply can’t offer him a guaranteed roster spot.

 

Nakajima and Yankees still far apart on a contract

Nakajima and Yankees still far apart on a contract

by Matt S.

The Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima are still far apart in contract negotiations, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The Yankees have explored sign-and-trade options for Nakajima, but simply lack any real use for him on their Opening Day roster. The 29-year-old is reportedly considering a return to his native Japan. Heyman hears that the two sides have until Tuesday to reach a deal, so expect a resolution either way next week.

 

Morning Bits: A-Rod, Okajima, Steinbrenner sued, Nakajima

Good Morning all. Another day closer to the New Year.

Let’s get right to the links…

* By now you have heard that A-Rod had experimental knee treatment in Germany.

* Yanks, Okajima agree on a minor league deal.

* Yankees Co-Owner Hal Steinbrenner sued for $670,494 in taxes.

* Yankees nearing deadline for Nakajima negotiations.

Resolution with Nakajima to come next week

Resolution with Nakajima to come next week

by Matt S.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the Yankees will have a resolution next week with Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights with Nakajima earlier this month with a $2.5 million posting fee. They can’t guarantee him much in the way of playing time and he reportedly doesn’t want to play on the East Coast. Barring something creative like a sign-and-trade, he may opt to return to Japan. Hoch suspects that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is waiting to see what happens before attempting to re-sign Eric Chavez.

 

Yankees have not discussed a sign and trade with Nakajima

The Yankees have not discussed a sign-and-trade of Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima with any team

by Matt S.

The Yankees reportedly were surprised that their $2.5 million posting bid won the rights to the infielder, and Nakajima doesn’t really want to play on the East Coast. If the Yanks don’t end up trading him, there’s probably a good chance he’ll wind up staying in Japan.

Agent for Nakajima has explored a sign-and-trade

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the agent for Hiroyuki Nakajima has explored a sign-and-trade

by Matt S.

The Yankees won the rights to the 29-year-old infielder with a bid of about $2 million, but they can’t offer him much playing time and probably can’t guarantee him an Opening Day roster spot. So a sign-and-trade might make some sense if teams around the major leagues have interest. If not, Nakajima could simply return to his native Japan.

Source: FOX Sports

Yankees Winter Meetings Recap

The 2011 MLB Winter Meeting have come and gone without much noise from the New York Yankees.  Instead, the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made all the noise in this years very active Winter Meetings.  What would George Steinbrenner think about all of this if he were alive? The Yankees have so far refused to overpay for anybody, or give up any top prospects.  The only thing they did was win the rights to sign Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. There were some interesting rumors out there for starting pitchers that maybe will develop down the road this offseason.

First let’s start off with the only concrete thing that happened with the Yankees winning the Nakajima bid. It sounds like the Yankees really did not expect to win the bid and that Nakajima probably will not sign with the Yankees. He probably does not want to come to the Yankees in a backup role when he can be an MLB free agent next offseason. If Nakajima did sign with the Yankees he has good power and would be able to help the Yankees give their middle infielders and A-Rod a breather.  There was the idea that they could sign Nakajima and then dangle Eduardo Nunez in a trade, but I do not see that to be the case.

The major trade rumors involving the Yankees were about Oakland A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez. One trade that was rumored by Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest was the Yankees getting Gonzalez, the Royals getting David Phelps and Michael Taylor, and the A’s getting Brett Gardner and Clint Robinson. Also, Silva said the Yankees were the front runners for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespesdes. I believe this would be an absolute steal and a no brainier for the Yankees. They would only have to give up Gardner and Phelps in this scenario. Gardner is a nice player and great on defense. However, he is replaceable especially by Cespesdes, who offers a similar kind of speed and defense. Doing that trade would be the much better alternative to what Bob Klapisch reported the A’s wanted, which was Jesus Montero, one of Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances, and new stud prospect outfielder Mason Williams. That is obviously an asinine offer but I would be inclined to do a trade package around Montero for Gonzalez. The Yankees have a huge need for a number two pitcher and there is no way around it. Gonzalez I think would fit that bill well. Gonzalez is only 26 and is not a free agent until after the 2014 season year. He had an outstanding year last season going 16-12, with a 3.12 ERA, 197 strikeouts, and a 1.31 WHIP. His one negative is that he issued 91 walks last year. Scouts told New York Daily News writer John Harper, that they believe he was pitching too carefully due to lack of run support in  Oakland, and that it would change in New York. I tend to agree with that theory.  I think Gonzalez is the most talented pitcher on the trade market and has a very nice contract. The Yankees should be trying hard to land him.

The other relevant Yankees information that came out of the Winter Meetings is that Yu Darvish will be posted. As I said with Gonzalez, if the Yankees feel Darvish is a number two caliber starter the Yankees need to win the bid on him. It is currently all question marks behind CC Sabathia in the rotation. Will Ivan Nova have a sophomore slump? Can Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett be trusted? Can Freddy Garcia repeat his 2011 year? Can Hector Noesi come in and live up to the potential the Yankees think he has? Do not relate Darvish to other Japanese pitchers like Dice- K or Kei Igawa, as he has much better stuff. Cashman has been lukewarm in the media regarding whether or not they will bid highly on him, although Yankee scouts are said to love Darvish.

Cashman has done a nice job of protecting his assets so far and not doing anything regrettable. However, one has to wonder with the Angels gaining a ton of talent in Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, if he will get more aggressive.  The strategy paid off for Cashman last year, but he may be hedging his bet if he goes with the same starting rotation as he did last year. It will be very interesting to see how the rest of the offseason plays out.


Yankees won bid for Japanese shortstop

Yankees won bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima

by Matt S.

UPDATE:

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Yankees have won the bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.

The terms of the winning bid aren’t yet known. The Yankees now have a 30-day exclusive negotiating window to work out a contract. Nakajima, a 29-year-old shortstop, is a .302 career hitter in Japan and has surpassed at least 16 home runs and 15 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons. If a contract is agreed upon, he would fit as a utility player for now.

ORIGINAL:

Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter

David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Yankees submitted a bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.

It’s significant to learn that the Yanks have submitted a bid, but the identity of the team with the top bid is not yet known. Nakajima’s team, the Seibu Lions, are expected to make that announcement at some point on Wednesday. The winning team would then be granted an exclusive 30-day negotiating window to agree on a contract. Nakajima, a 29-year-old shortstop, is a .302 career hitter in Japan and has surpassed at least 16 home runs and 15 stolen bases in each of the last four seasons.