Just finished having lunch with Joe Girardi, an annual event at the Winter Meetings. It’s a very informal thing for beat writers and managers. We honestly talked more about Bryan Hoch running the New York City marathon than anything to do with the Yankees.
Girardi’s official media session is in a half hour. That’s when we’ll ask more about the team itself, including the possibility of a new utility man.
Major League Baseball just made it official that the Yankees won the right to negotiate with Hiroyuki Nakajima. Here’s the short release:
The Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League have informed Major League Baseball that they have accepted the highest bid for the negotiating rights to 29-year-old shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, it was announced today. The highest bid in the posting process was submitted by the New York Yankees.
The Yankees now have a period of 30 consecutive days to sign Nakajima to a Major or Minor League professional contract.