Good friend Marc Carig is reporting tonight that the Yankees are unlikely to complete a deal with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.
A source tells Carig that Nakajima not only has to agree to a contract, but also pass a physical before Friday’s deadline, and there might not be enough time to get all of that accomplished.
Ever since the Yankees won the bidding for Nakajima, there has been some question about whether they would actually come to an agreement. The Yankees don’t have a starting infield job available, so they see Nakajima as a reserve, and would obviously plan to pay him as such. One assumption has been that Nakajima expects to be an everyday player, or would at least like the opportunity to play regularly. That won’t happen in the Yankees infield.
The Yankees will pay their posting fee only if Nakajima signs.