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A's decline to exercise Nakajima's contract option

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have declined to exercise their $5.5 million contract option for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima and instead owe him a $500,000 buyout.

The highly touted Nakajima, 32, never played a major league game after receiving a $6.5 million, two-year contract in December 2012. He missed time in his first season of 2013 because of a strained left hamstring, and the A's didn't have the same need for a shortstop once they acquired Jed Lowrie from Houston in early February of 2013.

Nakajima, a seven-time Pacific League All-Star, becomes a free agent. He had a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with the Seibu Lions.

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Leaders
AVG: J. Donaldson.255
HR: J. Donaldson29
RBI: J. Donaldson98
SB: C. Gentry20
W: S. Kazmir15
ERA: J. Lester2.52
Saves: S. Doolittle22
K: S. Gray183
AL West
TeamWLPctGB
X-LA Angels 9864.605-
Y-Oakland 8874.54310
Seattle 8775.53711
Houston 7092.43228
Texas 6795.41431
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .244 (22)
Runs: 729 (4)
Hits: 1354 (22)
Home Runs: 146 (13)
Stolen Bases: 83 (21)
OBP: .320 (9)
SLG: .381 (16)
Total Bases: 2111 (15)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.22 (3)
Runs Allowed: 572 (3)
Saves: 31 (29)
Strikeouts: 1244 (17)
OpBA: .233 (2)
OBP: .290 (1)
SLG: .356 (2)
Run Support: 4.48 (6)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
10/27 B. Mills Signed to a Minor League Contract
10/13 A. Dunn Cleared Waivers and Became a Free Agent
10/9 J. De Leon Acquired Off Waivers Houston
10/9 A. Dunn Released
10/9 A. Dunn Designated for Assignment
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Injuries
Date Player Status
9/12 G. Soto Back spasms (day-to-day)
9/3 S. Vogt Sprained left ankle (day-to-day)
8/24 S. Doolittle off 15-day DL
8/24 J. Jaso off 15-day DL
8/14 J. Lowrie off 15-day DL
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