Roundup: Nakajima talks Yanks

Hiroyuki Nakajima, the Japanese shortstop whom the Yankees’ won the rights to negotiate with this week, appeared thrilled that a powerhouse team went after him.

MLB Trade Rumors posted a translation of a quote Nakajima gave to Nikkan Sports, crediting Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker: “I thought ‘Whoa!’ I got a bid from a great team,” Nakajima said.

  • If Manny Ramirez finds a team that wants him, he can find his way back into a Major League game — after serving a 50-game suspension. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Saturday morning that the outfielder has been removed from the voluntary retirement list. Ramirez does not have to serve a 100-game suspension, as originally imposed this April when he violated MLB’s drug program.
  • ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported that Darren Oliver has suitors other than the Rangers, like the Red Sox, while Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram wrote that Ian Kinsler and Texas could be working out a new deal.
  • Albert Pujols, introduced in Anaheim alongside C.J. Wilson on Saturday, still has love for St. Louis and Cardinals fans. “I felt it was time to make a decision, and at the end, I know it was a tough one,” Pujols said during the press conference. “Like I said before, I thank our fans back in St. Louis. What they showed me the last 11 years, not just on the field but off the field, supporting me and showing me the love and the kindness, that’s something I learned in my [early] years in my career.”

— Evan Drellich

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