Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/18/12
OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics introduced Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima at a press conference Tuesday after finalizing a two-year contract, with a club option for a third year, earlier in the day. The A's signed the 30-year-old Japan League veteran to fill the void at shortstop created by the departures of Cliff Pennington and Stephen Drew. "When we finished the season, we knew we didn't need to make many changes," general manager Billy Beane said. "One area we knew we had to replace was shortstop. This is a gentleman we have been watching for a couple of years. "The more things we uncovered the longer we got into the winter, the more we realized this was the guy," Beane added. "We were a little concerned early on the competition might make it challenging for us financially. But as pieces started laying down with other clubs and positions were filled, I think that helped us." Nakajima leaves the Japanese League after 11 seasons with the Pacific League's Seibu Lions,...
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