Not much to update in the Yankee contract talks with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, but the conversations are ongoing as the two sides enter the final days of the negotiation window.
General manager Brian Cashman confirmed today that Friday, January 6, is the deadline to complete a deal. That will be 30 days since the Yankees were announced as the high bidders through the posting system.
Cashman said simply that the two sides are “still talking” with a few days left to iron out a contract.
For the Yankees, Nakajima is a luxury rather than a necessity. The team already has Eduardo Nunez as its primary utility man, but Nakajima would add shortstop depth, and he should be a much better hitter than Ramiro Pena. He should also bring more defensive flexibility than in-house options like Brandon Laird and Corban Joseph, and he could give the Yankees a backup option at third base should Eric Chavez not return.