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Released by Twins, Tsuyoshi Nishioka reportedly headed back to Japan

Oct 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Tsuyoshi Nishioka AP

Tsuyoshi Nishioka was released by the Twins last week after agreeing to forfeit the remaining $3.25 million on his contract and now Sankei Sports in Japan reports that he’s already “agreed in principle” to a deal with the Hanshin Tigers.

Nishioka was a massive flop for the Twins, hitting .215 with zero power and terrible defense at both shortstop and second base, but in 2010 he was a .346-hitting, Gold Glove-winning star in Japan and is still just 28 years old.

No word yet on how much Nishioka’s deal in Japan would be worth, but it won’t be surprising if he recoups that $3.25 million and then some in returning home. He played eight seasons for the Chiba Lotte Marines before signing a three-year, $9.25 million contract with Minnesota that also required the Twins spending another $5.3 million on his negotiating rights.

  1. willclarkgameface - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Sayonara friend.

  2. raybrower - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    He slugged .236. At least they got Jim Hoey for JJ Hardy.

  3. sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    terrible buyout kid…

    you gave ALL your remaining money back.

    had you said this isn’t working out to management and even offered to take half and told them you’d leave they would have been happy as opposed to you staying with them and collecting ALL of it while taking a roster spot…

    but you go and leave and LEAVE ALL the remaining money with them…

    Did you at least get them to spring for your plane ticket back to Japan for gifting them with $3.25 million?

    I mean the money was ALREADY a sunk cost for them. a mistake but THEY could NOT get out of it… baseball doesn’t work the way the NFL does an allow them to cut you.

    Even though you did NOT earn your money (you’re not alone there buddy as many ball players don’t earn their money – can you say Dan Uggla? and he didn’t LEAVE the team and GIFT them with ALL his remaining money).

    Now, if Uggla went to the braves management and said he’d leave today for half of his remaining money, they’d cut him a check after finishing their happy dance.

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