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12/14/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Chang-Yong Lim, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.14, 2012 @ 5:49 pm, under MLB

Ichiro Suzuki is close to signing a two-year deal with the Yankees. From Newsday's Marc Carig:

... The Yankees made it clear Thursday night that the feeling is mutual. They are on the brink of signing Ichiro to a two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the situation, a surprising development considering the team's desire to cut payroll for the 2014 season. The new contract, reportedly worth about $13 million, could be agreed upon as early as Friday.

The Yankees initially approached Ichiro about a one-year deal, but other suitors such as the Phillies emerged with multiyear offers, according to a source. In response, the Yankees anted up to keep the Japanese star, who looked rejuvenated after his July trade from the Mariners.

And from ESPN's Wallace Matthews:

... According to a baseball source who has been briefed on the negotiations, the Yankees and Ichiro likely will finalize a deal Friday that will pay the outfielder between $12 million and $13 million over two years and will keep him in pinstripes until his 41st birthday.

The source added that Suzuki also was being courted by two other teams, both of which were offering more money than the Yankees. One of the teams was said to be the Philadelphia Phillies, who were offering $14 million for two years, according to the source. The identity of the other team is unknown, but the source said its offer was $15 million for two years. 

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The latest on Chang-Yong Lim and the Chicago Cubs, from CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney:

... Chang-Yong Lim spoke with reporters on Thursday at Incheon International Airport outside Seoul, South Korea, indicating he had a deal that could be worth $5 million over two years.

The Cubs have not commented on the reports, though sources said the money has been overstated, cautioning that if they close the deal, it would be a two-year minor-league contract that contains only a small amount guaranteed. It would not come with a spot on the 40-man roster.

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The media learned that Hiroyuki Nakajima got a tour of Wrigley Field on the 11th (US time).  According to a number of MLB source, Nakajima met Theo Esptein and Jed Hoyer.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2012

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Hisanori Takahashi is only thinking about playing in the Majors next year.  He likely returned to the US today.  Source: Sanspo 12/14/2012

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Kyuji Fujikawa held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Thursday to talk about his decision to play in the Majors and sign with the Chicago Cubs.  He also spoke about meeting Yu Darvish in Los Angeles when he was in the US in November and getting tips on how to adjust to MLB baseballs.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2012Daily Sports 12/14/2012Sanspo 12/14/2012, Sponichi 12/14/2012

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