Confirmed that the Yankees have won the right to negotiate with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. The 29-year-old hit .313/.389/.491 in four years in Japan, and he was posted this offseason.
Nakajima wasn’t a massive name on the international market, but he adds some middle infield and possibly utility depth behind Eduardo Nunez.
In theory, this could open the possibility of trading Nunez, but it also could give the Yankees a fairly young middle infielder to stash in Triple-A. Beyond Nunez and light-hitting Ramiro Pena, there isn’t a lot of shortstop depth in the system until you get all the way into the lowest levels with Cito Culver.
UPDATE, 12:46 p.m.: Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees will pay roughly $2 million as the posting fee.