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Deal between New York Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima seems unlikely

by on Jan.04, 2012 @ 11:57 am, under MLB, NPB

Via Nikkan Sports, ESPN's Wallace Matthews reports that it seems unlikely that the New York Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima will be able to agree on a deal before the deadline.  A snip:

For one thing, the 29-year-old is the captain and everyday shortstop for the Seibu Lions. The best the Yankees could offer him is a bench role, using him as a sub SS-3B-2B, and the paycheck for that job is nowhere near what Nakajima is looking for.

For another, Nakajima will be a free-agent after next season and will be free to negotiate with any MLB team without having to deal with the restrictions of the Japanes posting system.

The Star-Ledger's Marc Carig has also posted a number of tweets on that pretty much say the same thing (one, two, three, four).