Hiroyuki Nakajima has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Oakland A's. From an AP report posted at ESPN:
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.
Susan Slusser, who is off today, tweets that industry sources say the A's are likely to explore trade options for SS now that Drew is off the market. The Red Sox offered quite a bit more than the A's, who had Drew for two months in 2012 after a waiver deal with Arizona. Both Drew and the A's declined a $10 million mutual option for 2013, but Drew ends up with slightly more when a $1.35 million buyout from the A’s is included.
The A's are scheduled to welcome a "special guest" to the Oakland Coliseum by way of a media conference on Tuesday, and MLB.com has learned that it is Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima who will be joining general manager Billy Beane at the podium.
Nakajima and the A's have agreed to a two-year deal that includes an option for 2015, according to sources. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that it is worth $6.5 million, with the third option year worth $5.5 million.
Nakajima has already contacted the Seibu Lions to inform them of the news. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2012
The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed former Yakult Swallow Chang-Yong Lim to a two-year split contract. From WGNRadio.com:
The Chicago Cubs' agreement to sign Korean reliever Chang-Yong Lim has been finalized. It is a two-year, split contract, with a much lesser commitment than was originally reported.
Reports from Korea said it was worth $5 million but a Cubs source said Lim signed for $100,000 and will receive minor-league salaries for up to two seasons. Lim was not placed on the 40-man roster.
NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato's meeting with MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. A meeting was originally scheduled on the 13th, but had to be postponed because Kato was not feeling well. Source: Sponichi 12/18/2012
The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation (ISF) agreed on a new united international federation name. From the official IBAF website:
Following the historic votes of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF), approving the formation of a unified international federation, IBAF and ISF leaders announced the name of the new international federation that will govern both baseball and softball together: the World Baseball Softball Confederation.