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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