Same story different names. Last night it was reported that the Boston Red Sox had won the bidding for Japanese free agent shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, which seemed odd, given their crowded infield picture, and led me to speculate that perhaps they simply bid high to prevent someone else from getting him.
Today we hear, from a Ken Rosenthal tweet, that it was, in fact, the Yankees who have won his rights. They are, of course, not in the market for a starter at either shortstop or second base, but an upgrade on backups Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena sure as shit couldn’t hurt, so maybe it’s not quite so dastardly as if Boston had scooped him.
Rosenthal adds that Nakajima strongly preferred the west coast, and it will be interesting to see if he’s willing to play on east coast in utility role with the Yankees.
Jon Heyman tweets that the posting fee for Nakajima was about $2-million. Pretty low. I guess if anyone (read: the Jays) wanted him they could have pretty easily got him– which leads me to believe that they didn’t. Award-winning analysis, huh?
So… there’s that.