According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles are interested in Japanese shortstop Hiroyuka Nakajima, 28. Nakajima plays for the Seibu Lions, for whom he’s hit between 20 and 22 home runs the last three seasons. Of course, the fence is 250 from the plate in Seibu.
Just kidding, it’s 275 feet.
Anyway, according to Fangraph’s Nakajima’s immigration to the U.S. is anything but a done deal as the Lions hope to retain his services. Even if he is posted, the Orioles would have to outbid other interested MLB teams. They have only successfully done so once before, landing Koji Uehara’s services by offering the opportunity to start.
We all know how that story ended.
Nakajima is an interesting idea for the shortstop position. As it stands feeble-batting Cesar Izturis stands a good chance of returning to man the middle infield and bottom of the batting order.
The Lions will begin negotiating with Nakajima on October 20th.