It was announced this afternoon that the Yankees were the winning bidders on Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima (for “only” about $2 million). The team now has 30 days to work out a contract with the 29-year-old.
Getting a deal done may be tough for Cashman and Co., as Hiro apparently prefers the West Coast and may not be open to a utility role. Then again, as Nino Brown once said, “Money talks and bullshit runs a marathon.”
His numbers with the Seibu Lions from 2007-2010 are pretty good (for some reason Baseball Reference doesn’t have last season’s stats, although he hit .297 with 16 homers and 100 RBI in 2011 according to numerous beat writers) but apparently his range at SS isn’t the greatest.
If they do sign him it could mean Eddie Nunez’ time with the Bombers is up, as multiple teams have inquired about a trade for him.
It would suck to see Nunez go, but I kind of hope the Yanks sign this guy. Mainly because he has a cool name; if he’s good we can call him Hiro and if he sucks we can call him Yucki. That’s a win-win for the Bleacher Creatures (except for the ‘him sucking’ part).