After signing a two-year deal worth $6.5 million on Monday, new Oakland Athletics shortstop Hirouyki Nakajima will make his first appearance with the team on Tuesday, reports Jane Lee of the MLB Network.
Nakajima, a seven-time Pacific League All-Star, collected a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over the course of 11 seasons with the Japanese club Seibu Lions.
In 2011, Nakajima was posted to Major League Baseball, where the New York Yankees won the posting by bidding $2 million. However, the two sides were unable to reach a deal, and he remained with the Seibu last year.
Oakland's move to sign the 30-year-old is in response to the A's deal for outfielder Chris Young, where utility infielder Cliff Pennington was dealt in a trade on Oct. 21.
By all accounts, the A's will not be able to retain shortstop Stephen Drew, who they received in an August trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.