Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima spoken about the possibility of signing with the Yankees, though to be perfectly honest, it’s hard for me tell what exactly he said. Nakajima spoke to Nikkan Sports, which means the link is in Japanese.
An online translation of the text, though, includes this line: “the possibility of the entry refusal is extremely low…”
Maybe the translation is wrong, and maybe I’m reading it in the wrong context, but it seems to indicate that Nakajima wants to play next season and is downplaying the chances of refusing to sign a deal with the Yankees. There has been significant speculation that the Yankees might not offer a big enough contract — or a big enough role — to entice Nakajima to leave Japan. He’s surely looking for a chance to get significant playing time, and with the Yankees, he’d be little more than a second utility infielder.