32-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Hiroyuki Nakajima in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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.
Nakajima (wrist) signed a three-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Hiroyuki Nakajima.
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 eye-popping line, but the batting average was one point off the league lead, the OBP was second by a wider margin and his slugging percentage ranked fourth. In the field, Nakajima led the Pacific League in putouts and was second in assists, while committing 18 errors. Despite his solid numbers at the plate and in the field, the MLB establishment does not seem quite sold on Nakajima as an MLB starter. There is some sound reasoning for this: we have yet to see a Japanese shortstop stick in MLB, Nakajima's power projects as pretty low for an MLB third baseman and learning second base at the MLB level is a tall order. The A's will give him a look as a potential regular at shortstop this season after signing him to a two-year deal in December.
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.