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Nakajima, Yankees set to meet

Kyodo

Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima left for New York on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to secure a deal with the Yankees.

Nakajima will meet with the Yankees who posted a winning bid of $2.5 million last month for the rights to negotiate with the 29-year-old slugger, according to the Seibu Lions.

The exclusive 30-day negotiating window closes on Saturday at 7 a.m., Japan time.

Nakajima batted .297 with 16 homers and 100 RBIs while appearing in all 144 regular-season games for Seibu in 2011.