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12/29/2011: Hideki Okajima, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Dec.29, 2011 @ 10:09 am, under MLB

Hideki Okajima signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees that include an invite to Spring Training.  MLB.com's Bryan Hoch has posted an update.  A snip:

Though he has also had success against right-handed batters, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the club is considering Okajima as a left-handed specialist.

"He's somebody that definitely can get left-handers out," Cashman said. "We'll see what it looks like when we get to Spring Training."

The same article also mentions the following about Hiroyuki Nakajima:

New York has until Jan. 6 to reach an agreement with Nakajima, who can play shortstop as well as second and third bases. The Yankees also have Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird in line as potential backup infielders.

"Until the Nakajima thing declares itself either way, I'm really not in a position to pursue anything else, because he very well may be here," Cashman said. "If he is, that's an exclamation point to what I have. If he isn't, potential discussions with other players can continue."

And Hoch tweeted the following on Nakajima:

Sounds like Brian Cashman is waiting to see what happens with the Nakajima situation before pursuing Eric Chavez any further. [link]

One way or the other, Nakajima will be resolved next week. [link]


Hiroki Kuroda's agent Steve Hilliard told Sponichi that they are getting closer and closer to making a final decision.  He also said that, "Kuroda is currently at the stage where he is exploring all his options, both Hiroshima and the MLB.  It will be a tough decision to make."


Sponichi reports that Arn Tellem has begun negotiations for Yu Darvish.

They also quote Darvish' father as saying, "I heard that negotiations between Mr. Tellem and the [Texas Rangers] will begin some time after Christmas. ... We still have not received any updates.  We are just waiting."

The Rangers have until 1/18 @ 5pm EST (or 1/19 at 7am JST) to work out a deal.