After failing to reach an agreement with the Yankees, shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has officially re-signed with the Seibu Lions in Japan.
This is expected to be Nakajima’s final year in Japan before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any big league team without going through the posting process.
His deal in Japan is reportedly worth $3.64 million. I’ve heard the Yankees offered him less than that to play in the Bronx.
A few other notes that might be worth your attention this morning.
The Blue Jays have designated Mark Teahen for assignment
Why would the Yankees care? Because Teahen is a left-handed-hitting corner utility man, and the Yankees happen to be in the market for exactly that type of player. Of course, Teahen is not an especially good fielder, and his bat has never lived up to expectation. He hasn’t been bad against right-handers, though, with a .270/.335/.420 career slash line. Taking on his current $5.5-million contract is probably out of the question.
The Mets have designated Fernando Martinez for assignment
Why would the Yankees care? Because Martinez was once considered an elite prospect, he’s still just 23 years old, and the upper levels of the Yankees system are fairly thin in the outfield. Plus, as Adam Rubin points out, Martinez still has an option remaining, meaning the Yankees could assign him to Triple-A (something they can’t do with either Chris Dickerson or Justin Maxwell). Hard to imagine him not being claimed by someone.
Paul Maholm has signed with the Cubs
Why would the Yankees care? Because it’s another move in the starting pitching market, taking an option off the board and more clearly defining the landscape of who’s available (and what jobs are available). It also could set the stage for the Cubs to finally trade Matt Garza after lengthy speculation that he’s been readily available at the right price.