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Tsuyoshi Nishioka asks for release from Twins, agrees to give back $3.25 million

Sep 28, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

Tsuyoshi Nishioka AP

Tsuyoshi Nishioka will go down as one of the worst acquisitions in Twins history, but at least the final bill will be a little cheaper than expected.

Nishioka asked the Twins to release him and offered to give back his 2013 salary, so naturally they obliged today and he’s officially a free agent.

He was set to earn another $3.25 million as part of a three-year, $9.25 million contract signed after the Twins paid $5.3 million for Nishioka’s exclusive negotiating rights from Japan. So instead of a $15 million flop he’s now a $12 million flop, and the Twins will have a little more cash to throw around this offseason.

Nishioka ends his Twins career with a .215 batting average and .503 OPS in 71 games–plus some brutally bad defense at shortstop and second base–and spent nearly all of this season at Triple-A. Presumably he’ll head back to Japan, where he hit .346 and won a Glove Glove award in 2010 before signing with the Twins, and at age 28 should be able to recoup that $3.25 million and then some.

  1. blacksables - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Union hasn’t gotten involved yet, have they?

    • xmatt0926x - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Exactly what my 1st thought was as I read the headline. I’m very surprised that the Union hasn’t been involved……….yet.

  2. Cris E - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    So does this mean Bill Smith is $3.25m better than yesterday?

  3. missthemexpos - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Judging some of Nishioka’s defense I saw in 2011, winning a Gold Glove in Japan is as meaningful as the winners of the Gold Glove in MLB, for some reason the name Derek Jeter pops into my head.

    • bouschkin - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      I would thumbs this up twice if I could. Jeter’s always reminded me of this guy I used to play ball with who made sure his hat flew off every time he (unnecessarily) dove for the ball.

  4. wherezwaldo - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Gotta love that Glove Glove Award.

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    It’s a shame this gamble didn’t work out better than it did. I didn’t expect another Ichiro by any stretch of the imagination, but I didn’t expect him to be a complete bust either. Hopefully, this doesn’t sour the Twins on trying to find talent overseas in the future.

  6. wonkypenguin - Sep 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    He also asked to be removed from consideration for the Worst Twins Acquisition Ever title. Bud is reviewing and may comply.

  7. pariseinminnesotabichez - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Good he sucks dick

    • genericcommenter - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      I am glad you received some personal benefits from his performance.

  8. buffalo65 - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Why would the union care? This is at the players request

    • blacksables - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      Why did the union care when Sabathia wanted to sign with a different team for less money than the Yankees offered?

      Why did the union care when Alex Rodriguez was willing to re-structure his contract for less money when the Red Sox tried to trade for him?

      Why did the union care when Zambrano was suspended without pay for leaving his team in the middle of the season?

      Why does the union care when someone gets suspended for fighting and loses pay?

      Do you see a common theme there?

      The first time they don’t step in will open the floodgates and the players actually might get to do what they want.

      Why do people keep thinking the union is a democratic organization that’s there for the good of the players?

      It’s a facist organization that does everything it can to maintinan it’s power base regardless of what the players want.

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