According to Nikkan Sports, the New York Yankees announced they were giving up on Hiroyuki Nakajima about three hours after he arrived in New York (he arrived at JFK Airport at around 9:32am and the announcement was made at around 12:26pm). The New York Times notes that the Yankees did not know about his trip. Newsday mentions that Nakajima was looking for a three-year deal. And Sponichi reports that Nakajima was apparently fine with both the money and his role as back-up; the problem was that Nakajima wanted to become an FA after the year while the Yanks wanted to hold onto his rights for the next six years.
Nakajima could begin salary negotiations for the 2012 season with the Seibu Lions as early as next week.