CBS Sports' Jon Heyman tweeted that the New York Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima are still far apart in negotiations but a deal could still be worked out. However, Sponichi is reporting that NY is offering around US$1M a year (or about 77M yen, which is close to 1/4 the 280M yen he made this past season) without any permission for a support staff. And while Nakajima approached negotiations without any set lower limits in salary, the amount was much lower than they were expecting.
New York has until 1/6 p 5pm (or 1/7 @ 7am in Japan) to work out a deal.
In other news...
Daisuke Matsuzaka left for the US with his family on 1/2. He is scheduled to restart his rehab in Florida on 1/5 (1/6 in Japan) and could toss a bullpen session before the end of the month.