January 05, 2012
Well, it looks like the New York Yankees won't have to turn over $2 million to folks in Japan. The New York Daily News reports that the money the team bid for the right to negotiate with 29-year-old shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima will be returned to the team if it doesn't make a deal by the end of business on Friday. It is looking unlikely that any deal between the two sides will happen at this point, the paper notes.
A player the team is interested in signing, though, is infielder Eric Chavez, the paper notes. The 34-year-old six-time Gold Glove winner spent last season with the Yanks, batting .263 in 160 at-bats, after playing 13 seasons for the Oakland Athletics.
Nakajima, meanwhile, may soon be able to sign with any team he wishes.