Just because a hotshot international prospect signs as a free agent doesn’t mean he will start the season in the big leagues.
Hiroyuki Nakajima may learn that the hard way. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s are seriously considering having Nakajima start the season in Triple A Sacramento after struggling thus far in Cactus League action, hitting an abysmal .150.
Nakajima, a 30-year old shortstop from Japan, reached a deal with the A’s worth $6.5 million over two years, with a third-year option, to come overseas and join the A’s.
He hit .311 with 13 home runs in 2012 for the Saitama Seibu of the Japanese Pacific League, and has an average of over .300 in 10 years of action in Japan.