Friday, January 28, 2005
Dodgers Interested in Norihiro Nakamura 3B
Nakamura's player page at japanesebaseball.com is here.
Update: Here's an old article at Baseball Prospectus talking about Japanese league translations that mentions Nakamura, noting he's one of the league's best power hitters. Finally, here's a three-year-old Clay Davenport article about translating Japanese League stats to MLB; he figures Japanese league EqA's to be about .948 of MLB, so guestimating, that makes him good for just under two wins or so by VORP. Also, take a gander at this December 4, 2004 post from Mariner Musings. White observes that "[s]ome team could get a real bargain with acceptable risk by signing him."
Nakamura also attended spring training with the Dodgers in 2004, something I had forgotten.