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Athletics reach two-year contract with Nakajima

OAKLAND, California -- The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms of a two-year contract with shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.

The deal announced Tuesday runs through the 2014 season and includes a club option for 2015.

Nakajima, a seven-time Pacific League All-Star, has a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with Seibu.

He would fill a big void for Oakland, which traded away shortstop and second baseman Cliff Pennington to Arizona in an Oct. 21 trade that brought outfielder Chris Young to the A's.

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Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, left, presents a jersey to new shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima during a baseball news conference in Oakland, California on Tuesday, Dec. 18. (AP)

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