It’s a really thin market for middle infielders this winter. So thin that, if your team is in need of a shortstop, you may have come across the name Hiroyuki Nakajima on various message boards, blogs and other, less-reputable parts of the Internet where rumors and speculation flow thick. Nakajima plays for the Seibu Lions, he’s 28, he hits for power and gets on base and he reportedly wants to play in the United States.
But sorry, folks! Seibu has denied his request to be posted, which is the mechanism by which major league teams can pay for the privilege of negotiating with him. You’ll have to spend some time over at the excellent NPB Tracker to understand why this is. My guess, though: shortstops who can hit .300+ with power are just as rare in Japan as they are over here, and the Lions don’t want to part with him.
The New York Yankees announced this morning that Giancarlo Stanton has officially waived his no-trade clause and that their blockbuster deal for the reigning NL MVP is complete. The club will hold a 2PM Eastern press conference to introduce their new slugger. They noted that he will wear number 27. Sorry Austin Romine. You gotta find another number.
As reported last week, the Yankees received Stanton and cash considerations in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro, minor league pitcher Jorge Guzman and minor league infielder Jose Devers. The Yankees will pay $265 million of the $295 million owed the 28-year-old Stanton over the next 10 years. Stanton has an opt-out clause he can exercise after the 2020 season. His full no-trade clause follows him to New York as well.
After the announcement, the Yankees tweeted out some fun things. Some of it was downright savage. Power tweets, in fact:
I’m gonna assume that last one was aimed at the Red Sox.
The Marlins have not tweeted in three days.