Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/19/12

Your browser does not support iframes. The Oakland A’s didn’t just get a shortstop when they signed Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, they also got a comedian. Nakajima was introduced by the A’s on Tuesday, and the shortstop was full of jokes (either that or he has one clever interpreter). Nakajima busted up the room when he was asked why he signed with the A’s and said, “Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool.” Nakajima had another funny line when asked about the adjustment he would have to make coming from Japan to the US: Your browser does not support iframes. Hiroyuki Nakajima is 30 years old and has been playing pro ball with Seibu in Japan since he was 19. He generally OPS’d close to .900 and was around a 20-20 player most seasons (his full stats in Japan are here). Nakajima’s deal with the A’s reportedly is for two years at $6.5 million, with a $5.5 million option for 2015. Oakland will hope he gives them reliable defense while being decent with the bat. Around a .700 OPS should be expected.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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