Entries in Shortstop (16)


Athletics Finalize Contract with Japanese Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Athletics finalized a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.

Through 11 seasons playing for the Pacific League's Seibu Lions, the 30-year-old Nakajima hit .302 with 162 home runs and was an eight-time All-Star.

"The more things we uncovered the longer we got into the winter, the more we realized this was the guy," Athletics general manager Billy Beane said. "We were a little concerned early on the competition might make it challenging for us financially. But as pieces started laying down with other clubs and positions were filled, I think that helped us."

The signing of Nakajima fills the void created by the departures of Stephen Drew and Cliff Pennington.

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Jeter Ties Gehrig for Most 200 Hit Seasons by a Yankee

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has reached another milestone. During the Yankees second game of a double-header with the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday, Jeter smacked his 200th hit of the season, tying Lou Gehrig's Yankee record of eight 200 hit seasons.

"It's a lot of hits," Jeter said. "I've always felt that if I was healthy and I go out there and play every day, it's something I'd have a chance to do."

Jeter currently leads all Major League players this season in hits. The 38-year-old is hitting .322, with 15 home runs and has scored 93 runs.

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Escobar Suspended Three Games 

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Toronto Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games without pay for writing a gay slur in Spanish on his eye-black during Saturday's game versus the Red Sox.

The Blue Jays met with Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and members of the players association before announcing the decision Tuesday.

"I'm sorry for the actions of the other day," Escobar said through translator Robbie Guerra from the players' union. "I'd like to ask apologizes to the fans...the Blue Jays...the Blue Jays organization. It was not something I intended to be offensive. It was something I just put on the sticker on my face."

The money Escobar will lose due to the suspension will be given to You Can Play, which works to ensure athletes are treated the same regardless of sexual orientation, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Escobar is also required to participate in sensitivity training and in educational outreach to promote tolerance based on sexual orientation.

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Jeter Ties Mays On All-Time Hits List

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter tied Willie Mays for 10th on the all-time hits list Thursday night, when he smacked a single, his 3,283rd career-hit, in the seventh-inning of the Yankees' game versus the Red Sox.

"It's pretty hard to believe if you think about it," Jeter told the YES Network after the game, when talking about tying Mays. "But we're trying to win games. And I'm pretty sure when the season's over with, and I get a chance to reflect on it, I'll realize how special it is. But anytime you tie Willie Mays in anything it's special."

Jeter had been taken out of the previous night's game in the eighth-inning when he reaggravated an ankle injury he suffered the previous week versus the Rays. Yankees skipper Joe Girardi wasn't even sure the 38-year-old shortstop would play Thursday until after batting practice.

The 13-time All-Star, leads baseball with 195 hits. He now trails Eddie Collins by 31 hits for ninth place on the all-time list.

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Carlos Correa Goes First in MLB Draft

Major League Baseball(SEACAUCUS, N.J.) -- The Houston Astros selected 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.

"I feel so excited to be the number one pick," Correa said to the MLB Network. "I worked hard to be here. Right now we are doing a great job to be here, and I feel proud and excited."

Correa become the first player from Puerto Rico to be picked first in the draft.

Correa was Houstons first pick in a draft since it drafted Phil Nevin first in 1992.

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Indians Agree on One-Year Contract with Cabrera

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration and signed their all-star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $4.55 million dollar contract Saturday.

The 26-year old hit .273 with 25 homers and 92 RBIs last season. His 25 homers broke the record for most homers by an Indians shortstop.

Cabrera originally asked for $5.2 million to which the Indians countered with $3.75 million.

By agreeing to a contract, Cleveland continued its streak of 21 straight years of avoiding arbitration.

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