PHOENIX The Diamondbacks have an interest in Seibu Lions shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima for their shortstop position.
Nakajima visited the D-backs facilities at Chase Field this week, although it may have been more of an information-gathering exercise. Negotiations are not believed to have started, and a D-backs source said it is unlikely that the teamwill make any move, at shortstop or otherwise, before the start of the winter meetings Dec. 3.
Nakajima, 30, is a free agent, eligible to sign with anyone, and the D-backs saw him play during their organizational visit to Japan in August. PresidentCEO Derrick Hall, general manager Kevin Towers and senior advisor Bob Gebhard were among the front office members on the trip.
The New York Yankees paid Seibu a 2 million posting fee after the 2011 season for the exclusive major league negotiating rights to Nakajima, but the sides failed to reach agreement on a contract last winter and Nakajima returned to Seibu, where he hit .311 with 29 do...