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Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011

Nakajima attracts at least one suitor


NEW YORK — At least one major league club has bid for shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who has been put up by the Seibu Lions for auction under the posting system, according to Major League Baseball.

Seibu will find out who won the blind auction through Nippon Professional Baseball, but the Lions are ready to accept any highest bid regardless of the amount.

"I got one step closer to my dream of playing in the majors," Nakajima said Saturday after being informed at least one team is interested in acquiring him.

The highest bidder will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the 29-year-old.

Nakajima played for Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He led the Pacific League with 173 hits in 2009 and has won two Golden Gloves. In 2011, he batted .297 with 16 home runs and 100 RBIs.

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