Hiroyuki Nakajima says he signed with the A’s because Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool”

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Things got a little steamy today at the press conference introducing new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima:

We’ll save you from any Brad Pitt jokes because they’re all pretty much played out at this point.

Nakajima got a two-year, $6.5 million contract with a $5.5 million option for 2015. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .311/.382/.451 with 13 home runs and 74 RBI in 136 games this past season for Japan’s Seibu Lions.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.