Yankees haven’t had any talks about sign-and-trade with Nakajima


Via Buster Olney, the Yankees have not yet had any conversations about a sign-and-trade scenario with Hiroyuki Nakajima, either with the player or another club interested in acquiring him. Nakajima’s agent apparently mentioned the idea at some point recently, likely because his client would rather play everyday than sit on the bench for the Yankees. The 29-year-old shortstop does want to sign and play in MLB however, and has even indicated a willingness to be a utility guy for New York.

As I mentioned yesterday, it’s tough to see Nakajima having much trade value. Only one team thought he was good enough for a $2.5M bid in the posting process, and the general consensus seems to be that he does profile best as a bench player. The two sides have roughly three weeks to hammer out a contract and a sign-and-trade scenario if they choose.

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  1. Thomas Cassidy says:

    So, no Felix? Sigh.

  2. ADam says:

    My guess is he goes back, I dont think the Yankees really thought they were going to win the bid. I’m fine with Eddy “wild thing’ Nunez as the UTIL guy

    • LarryM.,Fl. says:

      I agree. The Yankees may have won thinking their bid was a low ball, surprise. I don’t believe Cashman had a wild trade with Nunez and others going somewhere and Nakajima staying as super utility guy.

      My prospective on the CBA agreement and bolstering the team has the Yankees not giving up Nunez in a trade unless a select pitcher is coming our way then we need a super utility and maybe starter at shortstop down the road especially with middle infielders at a premium.

  3. Elmgrovegnome says:

    Yep. Nakajima is Nunez trade protection.

  4. Plank says:

    Is there any other stuff the Yankees didn’t do?

  5. Greg c89 says:

    There was some team this offseason that signed 2 or 3 utility infielders to multi year deals. At least one of them hit well under .200 last season and the others don’t hit at all either. Maybe they would want him. Do they have any pitching?

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