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Yankees could sign Nakajima ... and trade him

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08:11 AM ET 12.15 | Usually reserved for the NBA, the phrase "sign-and-trade" may be on its way to baseball. If Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima does not want to play for the New York Yankees, there still might be a way for him to join a major-league team next season. The Yankees could work a sign-and-trade involving Nakajima -- an idea that the player's U.S. agent, Greg Genske, has broached with the club, major-league sources say. ... The Yankees would sign Nakajima to a contract, then trade him to another major-league club. The Giants and Cubs are among the teams that like Nakajima, sources say. Nakajima, 29, is open to all possibilities, sources said. While he wants to play every day, he also is intrigued by the idea of playing for the Yankees.

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December 15, 2011  08:25 AM ET

1st!

December 15, 2011  08:28 AM ET

Why would he not just sign with the Giants or Cubs?

December 15, 2011  08:28 AM ET

Teams have signed players then traded them right away before, this isn't breaking new ground.

December 15, 2011  08:29 AM ET
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Why would he not just sign with the Giants or Cubs?

He's not a free agent. The Yankees won his rights so they have a certain amout of time to sign him otherwise he has to wait until next year to try again.

December 15, 2011  08:31 AM ET
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He's not a free agent. The Yankees won his rights so they have a certain amout of time to sign him otherwise he has to wait until next year to try again.

I did not know that. Thank you sir!

December 15, 2011  08:35 AM ET

So, the Yanks paid for a player they have no intention on using? Hell, if that have that kind of extra money hanging around, they can send it to me:

Schad
C/O Fan Nation
Chicago, Illinois

Unmarked bills, not in order is most appreciated. What, with the holiday season and what-not.

December 15, 2011  08:40 AM ET
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So, the Yanks paid for a player they have no intention on using? Hell, if that have that kind of extra money hanging around, they can send it to me:SchadC/O Fan NationChicago, IllinoisUnmarked bills, not in order is most appreciated. What, with the holiday season and what-not.

I don't think his posting fee was all that much in concideration, though who knows what he'd bring in a trade other than prospects.

December 15, 2011  08:43 AM ET

another unproven Japanese player...a mere pawn in the Yankee arsenal.....buyers beware.....

December 15, 2011  08:44 AM ET
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I don't think his posting fee was all that much in concideration, though who knows what he'd bring in a trade other than prospects.

2.5 million will buy a lot of Christmas gifts around the Schad household.

December 15, 2011  09:05 AM ET

Why would Nakajima not want to play for the Yankees? He'll be the highest paid utility infielder in the game.

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December 15, 2011  09:18 AM ET
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Hideki Matsui was productive for NY.

He killed the Red Sox on numerous occasions.

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December 15, 2011  09:19 AM ET
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1st!

I thought you had more class than to resort to a tired internet gimmick.

December 15, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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another unproven Japanese player...a mere pawn in the Yankee arsenal.....buyers beware.....

Saw that the Yankees bid on that pitcher in Japan. It appears they were trying to low ball the bid.

As for Jeter it is stated that he wants to own a major league baseball team. At least that is what he was telling Barbara Walters.

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December 15, 2011  09:31 AM ET
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Wait, you don't believe in God yet celebrate Christmas? On behalf of Barry Obummer I wish you "Happy Holidays!"

On behalf of Mitt "Klan slogans are great!" Romney....he wishes you a Merry Christmas.

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