Just hours after learning that Stephen Drew was signing with the Boston Red Sox, it has been announced that the A’s and Japanese shortstop, Hiroyuki Nakajima, have both agreed on a two-year deal. The team has not officially announced the deal yet, but according to Susan Slusser, it is worth $6.5 million and there is third year option worth $5.5 million.
Last year the Yankees won the bidding rights on the 30-year old shortstop, but he went back to play for the Suibu Lions after the two could not reach an agreement. Nakajima played in 136 games for the Lions last season and posted a .311/.382/.451 slash line over 567 plate appearances with a .833 OPS and hit 13 HR while walking 52 times. He has a career .310/.381/.451 slash line with a .381 OPS over six seasons.
This is a nice move for the A’s, who needed to fill the void at shortstop. While the signing may seem a little risky to some, he comes at a very “cheap” price and the last time the A’s took a risk, they signed Cuban outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes.