January 5, 2012
MLB notes: Yankees, Nakajima can't make deal
By QMI Agency
Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima will return to his Japanese team after failing to agree on a contract with the New York Yankees, it was announced Thursday.
The Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights to Nakajima with a $2-million bid last month. They will get the money back and Nakajima, 29, will rejoin the Seibu Lions for the 2012 season.
"We unfortunately could not come to an agreement with Hiroyuki," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
A career .300 hitter, Nakajima had a .314 batting average, 20 home runs, 93 RBI and 15 stolen bases last season for the Lions of Japan's Pacific League.
SETBACK FOR JENKS
Boston Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks, who had surgery in December to remove bone fragments from his lower back, underwent a second spinal decompression recently and likely won't be ready for the start of spring training, according to a Boston Globe report.
Jenks missed most of last season with back issues. The second procedure was necessary after additional bone fragments were discovered.
Jenks, 30, is entering the second year of a two-year, $12-million contract.
Manny Ramirez intends to work out for teams this month in an effort to return to the major leagues, ESPN reported. The slugger retired in April after getting a 100-game suspension for a drug violation ... Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki said has received a spring training invitation from the Seattle Mariners. Kawasaki, 30, hit .267 in 144 games last season to help the Softbank Hawks to their first Japan Series championship in eight years. The free agent previously said he would go to the major leagues if he could join Ichiro Suzuki in Seattle ... Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was sentenced to one-year probation Thursday after pleading no contest to a DUI charge stemming from a Feb. 16 traffic stop in Florida ... The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed veteran reliever Mike MacDougal to a one-year contract. Last season, the right-hander went 3-1 with one save and a 2.05 ERA in a career-high 69 appearances with the Dodgers ... The Miami Marlins finalized a two-year deal Thursday with infielder Greg Dobbs. It was reported to be worth $3 million. The 33-year-old hit .275 with eight home runs, 23 doubles and 49 RBI in 134 games with the Marlins in 2011.