Sponichi morning headlines from 12/15/2011:
- Hiroki Kuroda may have gotten a one-year deal worth around US$13M from the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox also interested, Kuroda will likely wait to hear from them (and anyone else) before making his final decision.
- Tsuyoshi Wada apparently got a two-year deal worth a total US$8.15M, with a club option for a third year worth US$5M, from the Baltimore Orioles. An official announcement could be made on 12/15 (12/16 in Japan).
- The Orioles are also said to be interested in Wei-Ying Chen but they may not be a first priority because he has the same agent (Alan Nero) as Wada -- he may want to give other teams a shot, like the Minnesota Twins. An unnamed MLB source is also quoted as saying that Chen would probably go to a team other than the Orioles.
- With regards to Hiroyuki Nakajima, they mention a NY Times article by David Waldstein that reports no changes in negotiation talks. A snip:
Meanwhile, General Manager Brian Cashman continued to negotiate with the agent for the Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, but he said on Monday that there was nothing to report. The Yankees won the posting bid for Nakajima and will look to sign him to a contract as a utility infielder. Nakajima was hoping to be a starter, which could complicate those negotiations.