View Full Version : Dodgers sign Japanese 3B Norihiro Nakamura

02-02-2005, 08:53 PM
Latest News Feb. 2, 2005 - 9:50 pm et

The Dodgers will announce the signing of Norihiro Nakamura in a press conference on Thursday.
It's assumed Nakamura will receive a minor league deal after the Dodgers won his rights through the posting system.

02-02-2005, 09:05 PM
"Hey, what about me?"

Not a bad signing for the Dodgers, although I still think they should have put up the two or three extra million to just keep Beltre.

02-03-2005, 02:31 AM
"Nakamura, Dodgers agree to terms
Japanese star signs one-year minor league contract"
http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/NASApp/m...ws_la&fext=.jsp (http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/la/news/la_news.jsp?ymd=20050202&content_id=938637&vkey=news_la&fext=.jsp)LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reached an agreement Wednesday with Japanese third baseman Norihiro Nakamura on a one-year minor league contract and will introduce him at a Dodger Stadium press conference Thursday.Only a minor league deal? I would have loved a backup for Crede at that price but we don't really have the roster spot. :whiner:

02-03-2005, 02:57 AM
I thought this guy was major league ready. What gives?

02-03-2005, 03:35 AM
I thought this guy was major league ready. What gives?Nakamura was thought to be MLB-ready a couple of years ago when the Mets were on the verge of signing him to a 2-year, $7 million deal but he backed out of the contract offer and re-signed with his Japanese team for alot more money. Since then, he has had two disappointing and injury-prone seasons in Japan. Here are Nakamura's career numbers in Japan...


League minimum is a steal considering his upside. Even if he doesn't pan out, he won't cost anything and could be a decent backup 3B/1B. People ripped the Dodgers for letting Adrian Beltre sign with Seattle but the combination of J.D. Drew and Nakamura could make them forget about him rather quickly.

02-03-2005, 05:38 AM
He sure hit a ton of homer runs a few years ago.

02-03-2005, 08:57 AM
Homer runs? Nice...hehe. Sorry, I know it was a slip up, but that's really funny. I might use that.

Thanks CS13!