• Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Posted by on December 7th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    The Yankees have won the negotiating rights for Japan’s Hiroyuki Nakajima. Other notable Japanese infielders to play major league baseball:

    Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG
    Kazuo Matsui 6.0 2004 2010 28-34 630 2555 32 211 179 403 102 .267 .321 .380
    Tadahito Iguchi 4.2 2005 2008 30-33 493 2078 44 205 189 387 48 .268 .338 .401
    Akinori Iwamura 3.5 2007 2010 28-31 408 1755 16 117 183 330 32 .267 .345 .375
    Norihiro Nakamura -0.5 2005 2005 31-31 17 41 0 3 2 7 0 .128 .171 .179
    Tsuyoshi Nishioka -1.8 2011 2011 26-26 68 240 0 19 15 43 2 .226 .278 .249
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/7/2011.

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    Comments on Hiroyuki Nakajima

    1. BOHAN
      December 7th, 2011 | 2:48 pm

      Supposedly the winning bid was only like 2 mil??? This might open the option of trading Nunez… Every team seems to like him alot… Maybe use him as part a trade for Gio Gonzalez or a pitcher of that caliber?? Nunez, Bettances and one of the more advanced AAA pitcher (Warren/Phelps/etc)????? Something along those lines… Or maybe if the A’s dont trade Gio anytime soon. Once Cepedes (think i spelt that wrong) is officiall available, they could go hard to sign him u can include Swisher in there instead of one of the AAA pitcher or Bettances but im sure Bettances is going to have to be part of that kind of trade

    2. MJ Recanati
      December 7th, 2011 | 4:23 pm

      @ BOHAN:
      As horrendous a fielder as Nunez is, he’s at least replacement level (and better) with the bat. I wouldn’t trade Nunez without having a viable replacement and, honestly, I don’t consider Nakajima to be anything of the sort. The Yanks should offer him a deal and let him prove that he can hit American pitching down in Triple-A. They shouldn’t consider him their utility infielder until he’s spent a few months proving he can handle the job.

      Iwamura and the others on the list all sucked ass.

    3. Corey Italiano
      December 7th, 2011 | 5:27 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      As horrendous a fielder as Nunez is, he’s at least replacement level (and better)

      And as we sunset our aging left side of the infield, the value of the utility infielders bat increases.

      I can’t, won’t, see Pena getting 338 PA next year.

    4. BOHAN
      December 7th, 2011 | 6:51 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Good points good points…. I just really want a pitcher and I really like Gio Gonzalez

    5. Raf
      December 7th, 2011 | 8:19 pm

      I guess Matsui and Iwamura would be his contemporaries… The Yanks don’t have much more for him in mind than UI, so it’s not that big a deal. I don’t see Nuñez being traded, he’s 5 years younger, and his role is more of a supersub, playing both infield and outfield.

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