Tag:Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:24 am

Twins meeting with Nishioka's agent

The agents for Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka are meeting with the Twins now, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweets .

Nishioka is reportedly looking for a three-year deal from the Twins, who won the right to bid with the Pacific League batting champ.

A shortstop for the Chiba Lotte Marines, he will likely play second for Minnesota, who let Orlando Hudson go to free agency.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 4, 2010 3:37 pm

Twins' Hardy in demand

J.J. Hardy Twins general manager Bill Smith could be busy in Florida this week, as shortstop J.J. Hardy is still in demand as a trade candidate. "About six" teams have talked to the Twins about Hardy in recent weeks, the Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III reports .

Neal speculates that the Astros, Cardinals, Giants, Padres, Pirates and Orioles are interested in Hardy, who finished his first season in Minnesota hitting .268/.320/.394 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 101 games.

The Twins will be looking for a "quality reliever" or a "speed" player in return for Hardy, 28.

The Twins are negotiation with Japanese second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka and would play Alexi Casilla at shortstop. Minnesota needs to bolster a bullpen that's likely to lose Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier to free agency.

The free agent shortstop market was incredibly thin, with an aging Derek Jeter as the best one on the market, while shortstops available via trade are mostly overpaid and old.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:53 pm

Nishioka hopeful about Twins

The Twins are still negotiating with Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, but it sounds like Nishioka is enthusiastic about the prospect of coming to America.

He received his third Gold Glove award in Tokyo (as a shortstop; he's also won a Gold Glove at second, which is where the Twins would play him), and spoke at a news conference about the prospect of going to Minnesota. Someone passed Nishioka's comments to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"Minnesota Twins has been contending to the playoff every year. To play for the good team is one of my my wishes. I am happy that I could advance one step forward."
"I have nothing to say now [about negotiations]. I leave everything to my agent. I don't think that I will give up the idea of going to majors because of the amount of money. I want to win the championship in U.S., too. "
The Twins are set to pay a reported $5 million posting fee to Nishioka's Japanese team, Chiba Lotte. They have until Christmas to work out a contract with Nishioka, or his rights go back to the Marines.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 4:36 pm

Twins will use Nishioka at 2B

The Twins will use Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base, a source tells FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi .

Nishioka played both shortstop and second base in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines, and most scouts predicted him as a second baseman here.

Orlando Hudson, last year's second baseman, is a Type B free agent and not expected to return to Minnesota.

J.J. Hardy was this year's shortstop, but the Twins would certainly like to upgrade at that position, although there's hardly an obvious free agent candidate (besides Derek Jeter, of course). The trade market for shortstop is definitely a seller's market, so the team may choose not to upgrade that spot or hope Nishioka surprises them when he gets to spring training.

The Twins won the bidding to negotiate with Nishioka and their 30-day window to negotiate with him began today.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 12:27 pm

Twins win Nishioka bidding

Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the Twins are the team whose posting bid was accepted by the Chiba Lotte Marines for Japanese batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

The switch-hitting infielder, who has won the Japanese equivalent of the Gold Glove at both shortstop and second base, batted .346.423/.482 with 206 hits in the recently concluded season. The Twins now have exclusive rights to negotiate a contract with Nishioka for the next 30 days. If they succeed, Nishioka comes to America (presumably freeing the Twins to deal J.J. Hardy) and the Marines get the posting fee, estimated in various reports at around $5 million. If the Twins fail to sign the infielder, he returns to Japan and the Twins pay nothing.

The Mariners, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers were said to be in the bidding on Nishioka. If the reports of the posting fee are accurate, it seems like a pretty reasonable outlay for the Twins, especially considering the Athletics just paid a reported $19.3 million for the posting of pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (negotiations on a contract there appear to have come to a standstill).

Tsuyoshi's accompiishments in Japan are impressive, but it's alway tricky trying to predict how success in Japan will translate to the U.S. Since the Mariners struck gold with Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, everyone has been trying to find the next Japanese gem, with mixed (at best) results. The closest comparison to Nishioka to have played here is Kazuo Matsui, who, interestingly, announced Thursday he is headed back to Japan after seven mostly forgetabble seasons with the Mets, Rockies and Astros.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:13 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 10:23 pm

Friday evening rumor roundup

Well, this week has kind of been the March of the Hot Stove League season, in like a lion, out like a lamb -- but there is still some action out there. So here's another roundup.

• The four teams on Justin Upston's no-trade list are the A's, Royals, Tigers and Indians. (FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, via Twitter )

• The Diamondbacks have made a two-year, $3 million offer for Japanese starter Hiro Kobayahsi. (NPB Tracker via Twitter )

• The Braves and Dan Uggla are both open to multiyear contract extension. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• The Braves have made an offer to free agent Eric Hinske. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• The Red Sox are "undecided" whether they will bid for Japanese infielders Tsuyoshi Nishioka. (WEEI.com )

• Larry Stone of the Seattle Times notes Bob Engle, the Mariners vice president for international operations, signed both Cy Young Award winners, Felix Hernandez and Roy Halladay. He's also got 2005 Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter and 1996 Cy Young-winner Pat Hentgen on his resume.

• The Yankees released reliever Jonathan Albaladejo, who signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. (Star-Ledger )

• There were plenty of 40-man moves on Friday, as teams set their rosters in the deadline for the Rule 5 draft. The most interesting moves belonged to the Pirates, who designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment. The only other name that really jumped out at me was that the Mariners put Josh Lueke on their 40-man roster. Lueke was part of the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas. In 2009, Lueke plead no contest to charges of false imprisonment with violence after an incident in 2008. Lueke will be a controversial figure if he gets called up to Seattle.

UPDATE: The Pirates tried to negotiate a contract with Duke, who is arbitration-eligible, and also explored a trade. (MLB.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:59 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 5:47 am

Wednesday evening rumor roundup

Hot Stove Wednesday wasn't quite as exciting as Tuesday's rumor-mongering at the GM meetings, but hey, we did get a trade and an overpaid free agent signing, so it wasn't all that different. Here's some of the other stuff that went down -- or has been talked about -- 'round Orlando and beyond.

• The Rockies are interested in Jon Garland, but aren't looking to offer much beyond a one-year deal. (Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman via Twitter )

• The Nationals are one of "six or eight" teams to have talked with Twins free agent starter Carl Pavano. (Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post )

• The Brewers hope to extend second baseman Rickie Weeks, who will be a free agent following the 2011 season. (Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel )

• Jorge de la Rosa will move quickly on signing, preferably signing before the Cliff Lee sweepstakes is wrapped up. He'll jump on an offer from the Nationals or Pirates if the terms are right. (Troy Renck of the Denver Post )

• The Rockies have been aggressive in Orlando with trades and free agents. The team has interest in Oakland third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. (Renck via Twitter)

• Miguel Olivo is drawing interest from the Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays. (FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi )

• The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon to fill their need of a left-handed hitter, but aren't expected to make a move until after the Dec. 2 non-tender date. (Chicago Tribune 's Phil Rogers )

• The Phillies have done "extensive" groundwork on a deal for the White Sox's Carlos Quentin, who would replace Jayson Werth. (ESPN.com's Jayson Stark )

• Oakland, Toronto and Colorado have interest in Kansas City's Alex Gordon. (MLB.com's Dick Kaegel )

• Tsuyoshi Nishioka was officially posted on Wednesday (U.S. time), so the bidding will close at 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The Giants, Twins, Cardinals, Orioles, Mariners, Padres, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Red Sox have all been mentioned by Japanese media as teams with interest. (YakyuBaka.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:32 pm

Nishioka to be posted

The Chiba Lotte Mariners have agreed to post 26-year-old Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reveals.

Nishioka slashed .346/.423/.481 as the leadoff man and shortstop. Many feel he is best suited to the second-base position stateside.

The Giants and Dodgers are expected to be the forerunners for his services, especially as he indicated an interest in playing on the West Coast.

The Mariners could be a darkhorse to slot Nishioka at short or even second by moving Chone Figgins back to the hot corner. The Mariners desperately need offense, have a Japanese owner and star (Ichiro Suzuki) and have money to spend.

-- Evan Brunell

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