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comiskey2000
01-29-2005, 01:21 AM
Before the Iguchi craze, the Sun-Times reported on 3B Norihiro Nakamura. He has hit over 40 HR twice in the last four years and seems to have fit better with the sox. Why is it that they pursued Iguchi when this guy is available. By the way...I am still a HUGE fan of the Iguchi deal...I was just wondering.

Jjav829
01-29-2005, 01:23 AM
He actually just became available to MLB teams. The Dodgers seem to be the favorites to land him right now. They've made a bid and might land him, moving Valentin into a utility role.

soxfan26
01-29-2005, 01:25 AM
:crede
"Well you see, I built a batting cage at my house..."

WinningUgly!
01-29-2005, 01:29 AM
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers submitted a bid Friday on Japanese free agent third baseman Norihiro Nakamura and will learn next week whether they have won the rights to negotiate with the 31-year-old. Nakamura trained with the Dodgers last spring while healing from a knee injury. He has long desired to play in the Major Leagues and backed out of a tentative deal with the New York Mets in 2002. It is believed the Dodgers would offer him a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring camp.

Nakamura had 46 and 42 home runs in 2001 and 2002, but those numbers dropped to 23 and 19 in 2003 and 2004.



Linky (http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20050128&content_id=936669&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp)

wsoxfan
01-29-2005, 03:08 AM
that's a big decline in HR's the past few years, kinda gald we didn't sign him and got Iguchi instead...:supernana:

Whitesox029
01-29-2005, 03:18 AM
I also heard that he wasn't a pleasant clubhouse presence, though I can't say how the language barrier would have changed that. Some people called him selfish...
That said, I think KW saw Iguchi, a guy with speed and a bit of power as a better pick than just another 3B HR hitter.

34 Inch Stick
01-29-2005, 12:52 PM
IIRC his contract had to be bought out from a Japanese league team in order to negotiate. The buy out and contract versus an inexpensive Joe Crede tells you why the Sox did not bite.

On another note Bruce Levine reported about having a conversation with KW about Iguichi. They were talking about projections based on Japanese league performance. KW told Levine that generaly the catchers were not as good. However, there is one who will be coming to the US next year who should be great. I imagine with AJ signed for 1 year with a 1 year option the Sox will be making a play on this unnamed catcher.

Brian26
01-29-2005, 09:58 PM
On another note Bruce Levine reported about having a conversation with KW about Iguichi. They were talking about projections based on Japanese league performance. KW told Levine that generaly the catchers were not as good. However, there is one who will be coming to the US next year who should be great. I imagine with AJ signed for 1 year with a 1 year option the Sox will be making a play on this unnamed catcher.

Interesting. However...unless this catcher speaks really good English, wouldn't the language barrier seem like somewhat of a logistical nightmare with a Japanese catcher? Maybe I'm wrong. I'm just picturing the catcher as a field general that needs to be able to communicate with the pitcher at all times, in addition to the manager, pitching coach, home plate umpire, etc.

Whitesox029
01-29-2005, 10:06 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20050128&content_id=936669&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp
Nakamura update: L.A.?
I looked at his stats (http://japanesebaseball.com/players/player.jsp?PlayerID=55) (http://japanesebaseball.com/players/player.jsp?PlayerID=55)
and realized why Kenny chose Iguchi--Gooch stole 18 bases in 04. Nakamura has stolen 18 bases in his 12 year career.