Ken Rosenthal tweets that the New York Yankees have won the rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima:
Source: #Yankees win rights to Nakajima. Now must negotiate contract. #MLB
Thanks to Carter for the heads up.
UPDATE @ 3:12pm - The Yankees have until 1/6/2011 to work out a deal with Nakajima.
Nakajima's comment on the Yankees: "They are a team with tradition/history and I am grateful for their bid. Even though I will leave everything up to my agent, I am looking forward to hearing what they think of me."
Brian Cashman sees Nakajima as a back-up infielder (SS, 2B, and 3B). Joe Girardi told reporters that Nakajima will be "asked to do a number of things" and that there was enough room on the roster for two utilities infielders (Eduardo Nunez and Nakajima).