(Reuters) - The New York Yankees have won the exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, Major League Baseball said on Wednesday.
The Yankees, who submitted the highest bid in the posting process, have 30 days to sign the 29-year-old infielder, who would provide backup for 12-time All-Star Derek Jeter.
Multiple media reports said the Yankees' winning bid was close to $2 million, beating out cross-town rivals the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants.
A career .300 hitter, Nakajima had a .314 batting average, 20 home runs, 93 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases for the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League last season.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)