Nakajima Update

» 06 December 2011 » In mlb prospects, nichibei »

Update: And it’s the Yankees. I wonder if he’ll sign with them.

Only a quick update needed here — As expected, Seibu is going to accept the high bid for infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima. This is all over the Japanese media, but I’ll choose the Jiji Press’s brief writeup, which says that Seibu will file the paperwork on the 7th (JST) and the winning team will be made public within the same day.

So we don’t know the winning team or bid amount yet, though the Giants and Brewers have both clarified that they did not bid. So who might the winner be? My first three guesses would the Mets, the A’s, and the Rockies. But I’m not really up on the infield needs of most of MLB, so those really are random guesses.


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  1. Patrick
    06/12/2011 at 9:24 am Permalink

    According to Bob Elliot, “Agent Don Nomura tweeted Monday of the Blue Jays’ interest in Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of the Seibu Lions.” The Jays need a 2B and would probably prefer the 2 picks to Kelly Johnson staying, so who knows.

  2. Patrick
    06/12/2011 at 9:54 am Permalink


  3. Patrick
    06/12/2011 at 12:03 pm Permalink

    Don’t be surprised if the Phillies placed the winning bid to give them negotiating leverage in their dealings with Jimmy Rollins and a backup plan in case a deal cannot be made.

  4. Patrick
    06/12/2011 at 2:16 pm Permalink
  5. Patrick
    06/12/2011 at 4:09 pm Permalink
  6. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 5:39 pm Permalink

    Why would you bid for a utility player? Then again it’s the Yanks. And Jeter is aging rapidly. But Nakaji probably can’t be an MLB shortstop, so what’s the point?

  7. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 5:53 pm Permalink

    Ah ok, it was only a $2m bid that won it for the Yanks. And the contract should be lower than Nishioka’s. A cheap bet with some upside I guess.

  8. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 6:21 pm Permalink

    Yeah, I actually like the deal in a lot of ways. I’ll try to write more later.

  9. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 7:44 pm Permalink

    Is it possible that he will just go back to Japan? He might not get a very substantial offer.

  10. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 9:47 pm Permalink

    Kyle — I’d say it’s possible. He’s a year away from free agency, so he’ll get another chance soon enough. I actually think he’s in a pretty decent situation though.

  11. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 9:58 pm Permalink

    I did a brief radio interview on Nakaji this evening. The recap sums up my thoughts quite well:

  12. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 10:30 pm Permalink

    Little Matsui’s best years in the majors were as a part timer. There might be something to that. But man, the only NPB infielders to have some success playing every day in the majors are Iguchi and Jojima?

  13. Patrick
    07/12/2011 at 11:07 pm Permalink

    I don’t really consider catchers to be infielders, but yeah, kind of. Iwamura was respectable for his first two years, then got hurt and has never been the same. Matsui was okay at times (that one season with Colorado) but was never the star that I expected him to be. Then there’s Nishioka, who played without any confidence last year.

    Overall we haven’t seen that many Japanese IFs in MLB. All of them have at least looked like they’ve belonged for at least some of their time, with the exception of Nishioka.

  14. Patrick
    08/12/2011 at 12:50 am Permalink

    Oh yeah, Iwamura was serviceable before the injuries took toll. Not very reassuring that playing IF every day breaks down even NPB stars who adapted to the majors. The MLB schedule, travel, and cultural adjustment probably takes a bigger toll than I used to think.