OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there had yet to be a formal announcement. The AL West champion A's called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon described as a ``major announcement.''
Nakajima agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract. The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for a third season, one of the people said.
Nakajima, a seven-time Pacific League All-Star, has a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with Seibu.
He would fill a big void for Oakland, which traded away shortstop and second baseman Cliff Pennington to Arizona in an Oct. 21 trade that brought outfielder Chris Young to the A's.
The club also appears to have lost out on shortstop Stephen Drew, who was acquired in an August trade with Arizona. He batted .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 regular-season games with Oakland.
General manager Billy Beane's big priority has been to find a shortstop.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Giants Prediction Following back-to-back 2-1 games, will the Dodgers-Giants series produce a winning under bet for the third straight game?
Thumbnail Padres vs. Diamondbacks Prediction Will the Diamondbacks win their third straight against the Padres when the NL West rivals meet tonight at 9:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Nationals vs. Rockies Prediction Are the Nationals a good underdog play tonight against the Rockies when the teams square off again at 8:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Cardinals Prediction Rain is threatening in St. Louis but if tonight's Blue Jays and Cardinals game goes on as planed, is Toronto a good underdog bet?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Rangers Prediction Will the under continue to cash in the Twins-Rangers series when the two teams clash again tonight at 8:05PM ET?

MLB Team Pages