With the deadline to finalize a deal two days away, the Yankees still don’t have an agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima, and Jon Heyman reports that Nakajima is looking for a multi-year deal worth “a couple” million per year.
That’s a much bigger commitment than is likely needed to re-sign Eric Chavez, and a failed negotiation with Nakajima could increase the chances of a Chavez reunion.
Here are a few other notes and links on this Wednesday night.
• Cool story from the Kansas City Star about the small home town that produced not only Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, but also a series of successful and well-known executives, business leaders and Hollywood types.
• As always, a good perspective from Tyler Kepner writing about the possibility of the Yankees staying quiet this winter in anticipation of making some noise next offseason.
• The family of former Yankees third baseman Andy Carey has announced that Carey passed away last month at the age of 80. He won four World Series with the Yankees, and made a key play in Don Larsen’s perfect game.
• The Yankees aren’t the only high-powered team spending cautiously this winter. Scott Lauber writes that the Red Sox are also hesitant to commit significant money to starting pitchers like Roy Oswalt and Hiroki Kuroda, choosing instead to hope for the best out of Carlos Silva.
• Carlos Zambrano is on the move. The Marlins — surprise! — have agreed to trade for the erratic starter, sending Chris Volstad to the Cubs, who are still paying the vast majority of Zambrano’s salary. Volstad hasn’t been great, but he’s still pretty young. Not a bad pickup for the Cubs.
• Stop by Yankees Fans Unite to check out their list of the top 40 Yankees prospects. They’re pretty high on David Phelps, who does seem to be somewhat under the radar in this system.
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