DODGERS WIN NAKAMURA'S RIGHTS.
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Anthony (Antonio) Jackson, best known as Tony Jackson Staff Writer
The Dodgers learned Monday that they have won the right to negotiate with free-agent Japanese third baseman third baseman
The infielder stationed near third base.
Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker Norihiro Nakamura Norihiro Nakamura(中村 紀洋, born July 24, 1973) is a Japanese professional baseball third baseman. Career
He was born in Osaka, Japan, and spent almost all of his professional career in Japan with the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes. . Those negotiations are expected to begin today.
The Dodgers on Friday submitted the highest bid for Nakamura, 31, and that money - an undisclosed amount - goes to the Kintetsu Buffaloes The Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (ja: 大阪近鉄バファローズ) was a Nippon Professional Baseball team based in Osaka, Japan, which were in the Pacific League. The team was owned by Kinki Nippon Railway Co. (later: Kintetsu Corp. , for whom Nakamura played the past 13 seasons. The Dodgers probably will sign Nakamura to a minor-league contract, invite him to major-league spring training and give him a chance to make the opening-day roster.
It isn't clear what Nakamura will do if he doesn't make the club. If there is an out clause in his new contract, he could simply return to the Buffaloes rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. . Even if he does make the Dodgers' major-league roster, Nakamura will be a backup player and probably won't make more than about $500,000 this season.
Nakamura would become the third high-profile Japanese player to jump to the Dodgers in the past 11 years, joining Hideo Nomo and Kazuhisa Ishii.