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Hiroyuki Nakajima speaks about negotiations with New York Yankees

by on Jan.10, 2012 @ 6:16 pm, under NPB
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Sanspo is carrying the following comments taken during Hiroyuki Nakajima's press conference today:

Your negotiations [with the New York Yankees] did not work out...

I kept hearing that the terms were not very good and I figured that was why negotiations were called off.  I really do not have anything more to say [about that].

Why did negotiations break off?

I did not really care about the money, it was the other things that were a problem.  I did not mind being a back-up player for a year because I felt I could use that time to study the league, but they were giving me the same kind of deal for the second year as well.  My agent said it would make more sense to wait another year, earn my international FA option, and speak to as many different clubs as possible.

Your thoughts on the posting system.

I was not involved in the negotiations, so I really do not know...  For players, I think it might not be the best system.

Your thoughts on returning to Seibu this season.

I am curious what the fans will say.  Some will probably say nice things, others will probably say bad things.  Regardless, I will do my best to help the team win a championship.

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More behind Hiroyuki Nakajima and the New York Yankees

by on Jan.07, 2012 @ 12:13 pm, under MLB, NPB
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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.

New York Yankees fail to reach agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Jan.06, 2012 @ 10:49 am, under MLB, NPB
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The New York Yankees have failed to reach an agreement with Hiroyuki NakajimaVia MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:

"We unfortunately could not come to an agreement with Hiroyuki," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck during the upcoming 2012 season."

Nakajima is quoted as saying:

It is unfortunate we could not agree to a deal.  I want to thank the Seibu Lions for posting me and the New York Yankees for placing a bid on me.

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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
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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).

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Talks between New York Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima not going all that well

by on Jan.03, 2012 @ 11:21 am, under MLB
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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.

New York Yankees win rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.08, 2011 @ 2:55 am, under MLB
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Ken Rosenthal tweets that the New York Yankees have won the rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima:

Source: #Yankees win rights to Nakajima. Now must negotiate contract. #MLB

Thanks to Carter for the heads up.

UPDATE @ 1:40pm - As mentioned below by Jonathan, the deal is now officialAccording to Nikkan Sports, the Seibu Lions have announced that the winning bid was US$2.5M (~187.5M yen).

UPDATE @ 3:12pm - The Yankees have until 1/6/2011 to work out a deal with Nakajima.

Nakajima's comment on the Yankees: "They are a team with tradition/history and I am grateful for their bid.  Even though I will leave everything up to my agent, I am looking forward to hearing what they think of me."

Brian Cashman sees Nakajima as a back-up infielder (SS, 2B, and 3B).  Joe Girardi told reporters that Nakajima will be "asked to do a number of things" and that there was enough room on the roster for two utilities infielders (Eduardo Nunez and Nakajima).

[5/18/2014] Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on May.18, 2014 @ 7:51 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 5/17 PIT 1
NYY 7
RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .364
Entered the game on defense in right in the top of the 9th. Nikkan Sports 5/18/2014, Sponichi 5/18/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 5/17 BAL 0
KCR 1
RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .265
Batted lead-off. 1B6-SB[5] (second base)-R[20], E5f, 1B8, G5fc. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 5/18/2014, Sponichi 5/18/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 5/17 MRO 4
COR 5
2B 4 0 2 0 1 0   .405
Batted second. F4, F9, BB, 1B8, 2B7[2]. Replaced by a pinch-runner in the top of the 9th.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/17 CRD 3
SAV 1
2B 3 1 1 0 1 2   .183
Batted ninth. Ks, 1B4b-R[18], BB-CS[3] (second base), Kl.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 5/17 DET 6
BOS 1
10-7 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.08
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston down 6-1. Nikkan Sports 5/18/2014, Sponichi 5/18/2014

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[5/15/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Norichika Aoki, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on May.15, 2014 @ 3:27 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 5/14 COL 2
KCR 3
RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .267
Batted lead-off. G6, BB, G5, G5b(BI). Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Sponichi 5/15/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 5/14 FRI 6
MRO 7
DH 3 1 2 1 1 1   .438
Batted sixth. 1B9, K (foul tip), HR8[1] one RBI[4], BB. Replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 9th.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/14 HIC 5
CRD 3
2B 3 0 0 0 1 1   .182
Batted ninth. F8, Ks, L9, BB.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 5/14 NYY 4
NYM 0
114-76 30 9.0 4 0 0 0 8 0 2.17
Started the game. Recorded the first shutout of his MLB career. Went 1-for-4 at the plate, recorded first MLB hit: F9, G4, Ks, 1B8. (W, 6-0). Caught Chris Young trying to steal second in the 5th. This was the twenty-first shutout recorded by a Japanese pitcher, first since Hiroki Kuroda on April 14, 2013. First Yankee rookie to begin career 6-0 as a starter since Whitey Ford in 1950; first Yankee rookie to toss a shutout since Orlando Hernandez in 1998. Extended personal winning streak (NPB+MLB) to thirty-four (has not lost a game since August 19, 2012). Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2014, ZakZak 5/15/2014, Sponichi 5/15/2014, Sponichi 5/15/2014, MLB.com Post-game Interview, MLB.com Last Pitch, MLB.com Highlights

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[4/26/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Norichika Aoki, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Apr.26, 2014 @ 5:39 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/25 LAA 13
NYY 1
CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .361
Entered the game on defense in center in the top of the 8th. L7. Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/25 KCR 5
BAL 0
RF 5 0 2 1 0 1 1 .262
Batted lead-off. G4, Kl, L4, 1B9 one RBI[4], 1B9. Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 4/25 MEM 8
RRE 0
2B 3 0 0 0 0 0   .286
Batted eighth. L9, G6, G6. Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 4/25 LAA 13
NYY 1
91-61 25 4.2 10 8 6 0 2 2 5.28
Started the game. Left in the top of the 5th with a runner on second, two out, and New York down 7-0. Runner on second came around to score after departure. Took the loss (L, 2-2). (WP, 1). Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2014

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