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.

Mets sign reliever Anthony Swarzak

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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak. It’s a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.

Swarzak is an eight-year big league veteran who pitched for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, posting a 2.33 ERA in 70 games. The righty struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings while walking 2.6. It was a really nice year and he’s a really nice pickup for the Mets, even if he is a fallback choice after they failed to sign Bryan Shaw.