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Bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima ends Friday

Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

Hikoyuki Nakakima

As expected, Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has been posted by the Seibu Lions and the bidding is open until Friday.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka flopping with the Twins may have further soured MLB teams on Japanese middle infielders, but Nakajima is a longtime star in Japan who’ll no doubt still draw interest from multiple teams.

Last offseason Minnesota paid $15 million for Nishioka, including the posting fee and three-year contract. At the time he was a 26-year-old Gold Glove winner coming off a batting title, but his defense proved suspect and his power was non-existent. Nakajima is 29-year-old Gold Glove winner and career .300 hitter, but has also averaged 20 homers per season during the past four years.

Teams in need of immediate shortstop help but priced out of the market for Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins might take a chance on Nakajima, particularly since the total commitment needed to acquire him might be less than it took the Pirates to sign Clint Barmes last week.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Could the Braves take a stab at him? I know nothing about him but what I have read here on HBT. Craig, would you be happy if he came to the ATL?

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