31-Year-Old Shortstop – Oakland Athletics
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Nakajima was posted after the 2011 season, but he was unable to come to agreement with the Yankees and he returned to Japan. He returned to the Lions for 2012 and hit .311/.382/.451. That is not an ey...
Hiroyuki Nakajima Contract Information:
Agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Athletics in December 2012 that includes an option of $5.5 million for 2015.
The A's have officially outrighted Nakajima to Triple-A Sacramento, a move that takes him off the team's 40-man roster, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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2013 Projected Stats Breakdown for Hiroyuki Nakajima
2013 projections compared to top 300 hitters in 2012 (min 250 PA)
2013 projections compared to top shortstops in 2012 (min 250 PA)
Oakland Athletics Roster
MajorsAbad, Fernando (P)
AAAAliotti, Anthony (1B)
AABarfield, Jeremy (OF)
A+Granier, Drew (P)
AMaxwell, Bruce (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Nakajima has been one of the top shortstops in Japan, hitting .302/.369/.475 over his career. He was posted after last season by his team, the Seibu Lions, and the Yankees won his rights with a a bid around $2 million. He hit .302/.360/.448 with 16 home runs and 20 stolen bases last season. Nakajima is a line-drive/gap hitter, who is capable of showing some opposite field power. In the field, he tends to make the plays he gets to, but has somewhat suspect range. Nakajima and the Yankees were unable to reach a contract agreement, so he'll return to Japan for 2012. Still, he'll likely move to MLB in 2013 as he'll be an international free agent after the season.