Skip to content

Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka “wants to play on the West Coast”

Nov 10, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Later this week MLB teams are expected to bid on exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Japanese infielder “wants to play on the West Coast” and is mostly interested in the Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres.

He won’t actually have a choice in the matter, as Nishioka will only be allowed to sign with whichever team submits the high bid to the Chiba Lotte Marines, but assuming MLB front offices have done their homework those four teams figure to be in the mix.

Hernandez writes that “the Dodgers are his preferred landing spot” and “are known to have scouted Nishioka.” Los Angeles has Rafael Furcal at shortstop, but could use Nishioka at second base if they non-tender Ryan Theriot before the arbitration deadline.

Earlier this week the A’s bid $17 million for the exclusive negotiating rights to Hisashi Iwakuma and now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the Japanese right-hander.

  1. Adam - Nov 10, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Actually he does have a choice in the matter Aaron. All he has to do is not sign a contract and he’ll stay right where he is.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Red Sox shopping Lester and Lackey
Top 10 MLB Player Searches