Hiroyuki Nakajima Re-Signs With Seibu Lions

After failing to come to a contract agreement with the Yankees, Hiroyuki Nakajima has returned to the Seibu Lions on a one-year contract worth $3.64MM plus incentives according to a Sanspo report passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. The 29-year-old shortstop will become an international free agent after the season and is expected to pursue a deal with an MLB team.

The Yankees won Nakajima's negotiating rights with a $2MM bid in early-December. They offered a one-year contract but money was reportedly not the reason they failed to come to terms on a contract, instead it was years. Nakajima wanted to become a free agent after the deal expired while the Yankees wanted standard control (six years). He hit .297/.354/.433 with 16 home runs and 27 doubles in 633 plate appearances for Seibu in 2011. 

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5 Comments on "Hiroyuki Nakajima Re-Signs With Seibu Lions"

Tony Matias
3 years 6 months ago

I wonder what the odds will be that he comes to play for Seattle next year?

3 years 6 months ago

We gotta keep that asian pipeline flowing for our majority owner!

3 years 6 months ago

Damn Seibu Lions, throwin’ their money around while the poor Yankees get outbid again …

3 years 6 months ago

Cue “The Yankees won the bid so they’d block anyone else from getting him!!!!!” Like last year with Oakland and Iwakuma.

3 years 6 months ago

What are the rules on NPB players as far as team control? If he signed a one year contract would he be a free agent after the season?