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  1. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  2. A’s place Hiroyuki Nakajima on 15-day disabled list

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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    The A’s made their final round of roster moves on Saturday night, optioning lefty Pedro Figueroa and infielder Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento and placing new shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Nakajima suffered the strain Tuesday in the 10th inning of a Cactus League game against the…

  3. Hiroyuki Nakajima could begin the season in the minors

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    When the Athletics signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million contract over the winter, the assumption was that he would open the season as the team’s starting shortstop. However, after a rough introduction to the majors, it’s increasingly likely that it’s not going to happen. In fact, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  4. 2013 Preview: Oakland Athletics

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Chris Young, Yoenis Cespedes

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Oakland Athletics. The Big Question: How in the heck did the A’s do it in 2012, and can they…

  5. Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros in five-player deal

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    The Athletics have just strengthened their infield, acquiring Jed Lowrie from the Astros in a five-player trade. Lowrie will head to Oakland along with right-hander Fernando Rodriguez while first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi are being sent to Houston. Lowrie has shown considerable potential at times, but he has…

  6. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  7. Must-click link: Ranking the sexiest general managers, 1-30

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

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    OK, this is amazing. Following new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima calling general manager Billy Beane “extremely sexy and cool” during his introductory press conference yesterday David Brown of Yahoo Sports–we’re partners now, you know!–has analyzed all the general managers’ sexiness and ranked them: Ranking the sexiest GMs in baseball 1-30 Someone may want to hide…

  8. Hiroyuki Nakajima says he signed with the A’s because Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool”

    Dec 18, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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    Things got a little steamy today at the press conference introducing new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima: We’ll save you from any Brad Pitt jokes because they’re all pretty much played out at this point. Nakajima got a two-year, $6.5 million contract with a $5.5 million option for 2015. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .311/.382/.451 with 13 home runs…

  9. A’s sign Hiroyuki Nakajima for two years, $6.5 million

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki Nakajima

    The A’s moved quickly on to their backup plan after losing out on Stephen Drew, signing import Hiroyuki Nakajima to take over at shortstop, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and others. The San Francisco Chronice’s Susan Slusser reports that it’s a two-year, $6.5 million deal with a $5.5 million option for 2015. Nakajima, 30, hit…

  10. Athletics considering free agent shortstops Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Athletics could be involved in trade talks with the Marlins for Yunel Escobar, but they are also keeping their eyes on the free agent market. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said this evening that Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima are the two free agent shortstop…

  11. Hiroyuki Nakajima is back in the U.S. and the Diamondbacks are after him

    Nov 20, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Yankees fans will remember Hiroyuki Nakajima. He’s the Japanese infielder who, last year, was posted by the Seibu Lions and whose negotiation rights were won by the Yankees.  The team and player couldn’t come to an agreement, however, so Nakajima returned to the NPB and Seibu. He had a good year too, hitting .311/.382/.451 with 13…

  12. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

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    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  13. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  14. Lastings Milledge, Wily Mo Pena among league leaders in Japan

    Aug 31, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Lastings Milledge Pirates

    Here’s a quick look at how some major leaguers are faring in Japan. Remember, the Japanese leagues started strongly favoring pitchers with the switch to a new baseball last year. In the six-team Pacific League, 13 pitchers currently qualify for the ERA title and the worst of the bunch has a 2.91 ERA. Three of…

  15. Hiroyuki Nakajima returns to Japan after failing to sign with Yankees

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima failed to reach an agreement with the Yankees after they bid $2 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, so he’s returning to his old team in Japan. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker notes that Nakajima has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions worth around $3.6 million, adding that the…

  16. Yankees fail to sign Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Yankees have failed to reach an agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima after bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to the Japanese infielder. Technically their 30-day window to sign Nakajima doesn’t close until tomorrow, but there’s no time for him to fly to New York to undergo a physical exam anyway and general…

  17. Yankees, Hiroyuki Nakajima unlikely to agree to deal before Friday’s deadline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima have until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to agree on a contract, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger was told by “a person with knowledge of the situation” that a deal is unlikely. The Bombers were given a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Nakajima last month after submitting a…

  18. Report: Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima “far apart” in negotiations

    Dec 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima are said to be “far apart” in negotiations. The Yankees bid $2 million to secure an exclusive 30-day negotiating window with the 29-year-old earlier this month. Nakajima doesn’t figure to be more than a second utility infielder behind Eduardo Nunez even if he does sign,…

  19. Yankees nearing deadline for Hiroyuki Nakajima negotiations

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    In bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima the Yankees were given a 30-day window in which to work out a contract with the Japanese infielder. The deadline is January 6, so as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes: “One way or the other, Nakajima will be resolved next week.” New York doesn’t…

  20. Hiroyuki Nakajima’s agent exploring sign-and-trade

    Dec 14, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the agent for Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima has approached the Yankees’ decision-makers about their interest in executing a sign-and-trade. It’s a strategy that is seen more often in the NBA than MLB, but it might make sense in this case. The Yankees won the rights to Nakajima earlier this…

  21. Yankees not confident they can sign Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

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    The Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. But they’re not confident that an agreement will be reached. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Nakajima might return to Japan for another year because he doesn’t stand to strike it rich in the major leagues. The Yankees’ winning posting bid was only worth…

  22. Quote of the Day: Expectations are low for Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Following news that the Yankees placed the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch passed along this scouting report: Heard Nakajima’s bat could be better than Twins’ Nishioka, but not as good a fielder. “Nishioka” would be Tsuyoshi Nishioka. So that opinion suggests Nakajima’s bat “could be better…

  23. Yankees win negotiating rights for Japan’s Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    nakajima gety

    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Yankees have won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. Rumors flew Tuesday that the Giants had made the only posting bid. Then it was the Red Sox. But both of those reports were quickly shot down. According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, the Yanks…

  24. UPDATE: Red Sox did not submit bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

    UPDATE II: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston was told by a Red Sox official that they did not post a bid for Nakajima. That makes three denials, if you include the Giants and Brewers. Does anybody want this guy? We’ll soon find out. UPDATE: Nothing confirmed yet, but Sponichi indicates that the Red Sox may have…

  25. UPDATE: Giants did not submit bid on Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

    UPDATE II: So much for that. Giants general manager Brian Sabean confirmed to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that they did not submit a bid for Nakajima. UPDATE: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the report of the Giants submitting a bid on Nakajima is inaccurate. 10:37 AM: According…

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